Judge refutes claim by Prisons Agency on release of hired killer(update 3)

DominicanToday.com  – The San Cristóbal Province Sentencing judge today rejected the official position that the suspected hired killer Sergio Humberto Reynoso (Vantroi) was released from prison for serving out his sentence, and instead attributed it to a ruling by a National District Instruction Judge.

Judge Francisco Angomás said court records show that a National District Instruction judge, which he didn’t identify, changed the temporary incarceration ruling against Reynoso, which allowed him to flee the country.

He said according to the Court’s own records the sentence is still pending against the accused, who was escorted back to the country Wednesday night by Interpol agents from Mexico.

Reynoso had escaped with a group of convicts who were promised a Presidential Pardon by then Prisons official Oneida Acevedo, after attending a mass in the church La Paz on the Malecon on August 15, 2004, just one day before Hipolito Mejia left office, and during the scandalous tenure of the former Justice Minister Victor Cespedes.

The National Police yesterday said the deportee, together with Joel Bautista Vásquez (Pilito) have murdered 36 people.

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Two Dominicans, who fled to Mexico after they were implicated in 36 murders-for-hire, were detained there and have now been sent back to the Dominican Republic, police said.

Joel Bautista Vasquez and Sergio Humberto Mota Reynos are also accused of wounding 15 other people.

The pair fled the Dominican Republic for Mexico, where they were detained Tuesday, apparently while trying to cross the border into the US, police said Thursday.

They said Bautista and several associates fatally shot 19 people and wounded nine others, while Mota was linked to 17 killings.

The arrest and subsequent repatriation of the two accused gunmen represents the fruit of cooperation among law enforcement authorities in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, Dominican police said.


News Update from DominicanToday.com on April 27, 2010 including reader comments:

Dominicans reel by alleged serial killer’s release

SANTO DOMINGO.- Santo Domingo Province Judge Jose Rosario Hernandez granted bail for Raul Serumberto Reynoso Mota (photo), accused by Police of 51 felonies, including 36 murders.

Local media and analysts have reacted with surprise in the case of Reynoso’s vast underworld murder network.

The Permanent Attention Judge set bond at RD$2.5 million, exit impediment and periodic visit to the Office of the Prosecutor.

The judge’s ruling stems from an alleged lack of hard evidence filed by the prosecutors of the Justice Ministry against the accused.

The prosecutor Omar Adames had requested the incarceration of Reynoso, arrested on April 23, who returned to the country deported from Mexico that same day, together with Joel Bautista Vázquez (Pilito) or Tony Fernandez Trinidad, who is accused of directly heading a murder for hire “business.

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Written by: JDJones, 27 Apr 2010 8:20 AM
From: Dominican Republic
You gotta be kidding me.

Boy's got some tight connections, that's for sure.

Still waters run deep....
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Written by: Ricardolito, 27 Apr 2010 8:27 AM
From: Dominican Republic, Boca de Chavon
There was enough hard evidence to get the extradition orders from Mexico yet not enough evidence to keep him in prison ....something has to be very wrong here .
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Written by: snoopyy3k, 27 Apr 2010 8:33 AM
From: United States
What's wrong is that our inept justice system has prevailed once again.
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Written by: gmiller261, 27 Apr 2010 8:42 AM
From: United States

Now why would you Dominicans 'reel' by this revelation.

Dominicans are pathologically corrupt.

Although this mans corruption is the most extreme it is that this man has no morals or integrity, just like the 100% of all the other Dominican corruption.

Grow up.
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Written by: El_Platano, 27 Apr 2010 8:44 AM
From: United States, Yonkers, NY
That's crazy. Who grants bail to killers like them?
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Written by: riosm, 27 Apr 2010 8:59 AM
From: United States
I guess crime does pay.......in the DR.

Still is it any wonder why Dominicans take the Law into their own hands.

The DR well on its way to becoming the next new Mexico minus the mass killings......YET !

GOD save the DR.
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Written by: Juango, 27 Apr 2010 9:03 AM
From: United States, far S. Florida (formerly Santo Domingo)
Judge Jose Rosario Hernandez needs to wake up in his bed one morning with the head of his favorite pet/horse next to him. Perhaps he will then know who he is playing with. I may be jumping to conclusions, but it is obvious to me the Judge somehow was the beneficiary of a nice sum of cold hard cash. Guys like him (the judge) are hurting the Dominican people and must be seperated from society. Gmiller is correct, most of these fat cats are pathologically corrupt, and truely see nothing wrong in what they do. God help the DR! Investors beware putting money into a country where there are "NO RULES/LAWS". Too risky for me.
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Written by: jonbonz, 27 Apr 2010 9:10 AM
From: Dominican Republic, santo domingo
There is going to be a point that public works project will no longer keep the sheeple where they can be sheered. This is going to be a flock of rabid sheep soon and the wolves will find them selves not very happy.
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Written by: generoso, 27 Apr 2010 9:52 AM
From: United States, Quisqueya La Bella

Bail is mandatory as he only "wacked" 36 and counting...... In DR you need to wack over 100 not to get bail, unless you are broke and then YOU are "wacked" for not being able to "grease" the judges. LOL.
Oh Oh, I better be quiet he might be looking over my shoulder right now!
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Written by: hellborn25, 27 Apr 2010 10:21 AM
From: United States
that picture with this guy wearing that tight shirt , makes you wonder maybey hecame out the closet before he went to jail
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Written by: VeronicaDR, 27 Apr 2010 10:22 AM
From: United States
More corruption. How could they allow him to be extradited but not enough evidence to keep him in jail? This all stinks like a smelly fish on a hot day. The judge who allowed this is transparently corrupt and should be removed. The problem is our leadership from the top (LF) down is also corrupt since they sit around looking the other way and do nothing about such obvious crimes. What kind of example do our leaders set for our youth and to the rest of the world. I really want to vomit after I read the news sometimes. A bunch of friends get together every week for a nice lunch and these are the topics of conversation which come up all the time. Myself being the only Dominican female of course am always embarrassed by my country. Not much to be proud of with our current leadership. Wilton you need to step up and serve your country!
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Written by: montesino, 27 Apr 2010 10:24 AM
From: United States
Absolutely unreal! This incopetent fv($!&g judge has no shame or a single ounce of moral value.
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Written by: xwill7, 27 Apr 2010 10:37 AM
From: United States, Chicago
Wow I thought they would not be granted bail... Only in DR. Now he will be gone
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Written by: Grosero, 27 Apr 2010 10:42 AM
From: United States
Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Bagmannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

Thank you$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
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Written by: Lopez31, 27 Apr 2010 11:21 AM
From: United States
The Judge is the real criminal here! No one of his right mind would release upon society someone with such a rap sheet. Throw the judge in Jail, but who am I kidding. Nothing will happen.
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Written by: cantave, 27 Apr 2010 11:24 AM
From: United States
The man should write a book

"How to Get Away with Murders."

This is called island justice.

Semper #@^% Fidelis.................................
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Written by: PatDiamond, 27 Apr 2010 11:29 AM
From: Botswana, Seatin here in Gaborone having a drink with Pussy Galore & Alex DeLarge
Here lie the biggest problem facing Hispagnola a corrupt justice system. This remind me of a few years ago when the Haitian Police chief Mr Andresol went head on on the press against the Haitian justice system. At the time we were facing a major kidnaping crisis in Haiti feeling outrage, the police chief went to the press and demanded certain judges to be removed from the bench ,because the police would do it's job find the peps and lock them up. Only for them to be release by a judge who was bribed and these guys will go right back to business as usually kidnapping extorting and killing people.

PS 36 bodies under this guy belt, an extradition that had to meet foreign scrutny and this guy is released?
NEWS UPDATE April 28th

Landmark ruling: judge who granted bail in case of 36 murders is fired
DominicanToday.com - The Supreme Court Plenary on Tuesday fired the temporary judge who granted bail to Raul Serumberto Mota Reynoso (Vantroi), accused of murdering 36 people.

In a landmark decision, the Court ruled that Santo Domingo province temporary Instruction Court judge Raul Rosario Hernandez has committed an abuse against society.

Supreme Court vice president Rafael Luciano Pichardo provided the information, after heading the session where the decision was adopted. "As a measure which we have been called on to adopt in what we consider an irregularity committed by this judge, he is being cancelled today (Tuesday)."

The Plenary also ordered an investigation into judge Rosario’s ruling to determine the motives behind the decision to grant bail for Mota Reynoso.

Pichardo warned that the Supreme Court will remain alert to prevent a repeat of those situations and cases. "I, as well as the rest of the Supreme Court Plenary fell quite concerned with decisions which some judges have taken, which correspond neither with Law nor with the situation the country is going through."

The rulings handed down by many temporary judges have been harshly questioned, such as the most recent case when judge Raul Rosario Hernandez released Raul Serumberto Mota Reynoso (Vantroi) on bail, despite that he’s the top suspect in the murder of 36 people.

At least six similar rulings have been made by those judges in the last two years.

In mid January temporary Santo Domingo province Instruction Court judge René del Rosario granted bail to a group of men also accused of 12 contract murders.

Moreover El Seibo temporary judge Juana González granted bail to two men involved in the death of five during a dispute over lands in Miches.

In July last year the Supreme Court fired the Third Transit Court temporary judge Rosa Maria Almonte, whom the Chief of Police accused of delaying a search warrant against 10 people accused of organizing a violent protest in Bonao.

It also investigated Third Instruction Court temporary judge Franny Manuel González in November last year, for granting bail to Jimmy Oliver Rodriguez, arrested allegedly with 50 kilos of cocaine, whereas its files reveal that 40 judges have been fired for serious offenses in the last 10 years.

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