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Illegal Arrested in Rape and Hammer Slaying of Veteran

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By    |   Friday, 07 Aug 2015 10:18 PM

One of two men arrested in a savage rape and hammer slaying of a military veteran was an illegal immigrant with a long record who'd been arrested — and let go — days before the attack, Fox News reports.

The July 24 violence against and subsequent death of Marilyn Pharis, 64, in Santa Maria, Calif., has reignited outrage over federal policies blamed for letting criminal illegal immigrants remain free — and in the country.

"I think this is a national issue — it starts with administration and their policies," Santa Barbara County Sheriff Ralph Martin tells Fox News.

"You can draw a direct line to this governor and Legislature," adding: "I am not remiss to say that from Washington DC to Sacramento, there is a blood trail to Marilyn Pharis’ bedroom."

According to the Santa Barbara News-Press, Victor Aureliano Martinez Ramirez, 29, who's charged along with Jose Fernando Villagomez, 20, in the attack, was on probation for committing battery against a woman and methamphetamine possession in May 2014.

He also was charged twice this year for violating probation, once for possessing a concealed knife and the other for drugs, but a Santa Barbara judge allowed him to enter a substance abuse center in Santa Maria in lieu of jail, the newspaper reports.

County jail officials tell the newspaper Immigration and Customs Enforcement declined to issue an immigration detainer that would've required local authorities to hold Ramirez for deportation.

ICE said it didn't issue the detainer after Ramirez's most recent arrest "based on the agency’s enforcement priorities after a thorough review of his case history showed he had no prior deportations or felony criminal convictions," Fox News reports.

ICE said, however, it issued one on Ramirez after he was picked up by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department in May 2014 — and asked to be notified prior to his release, Fox News reports. A spokesperson said that never happened.

Pharis, a civilian employee at the Vadenberg Air Force Base — and a military service veteran — was sleeping after a night shift when two men allegedly broke into her home, bludgeoned her with a claw hammer, strangled and raped her and left her for dead, Fox News reports. She died days later at a hospital.

Both suspects are being charged with first-degree murder, rape and burglary, while Ramirez is also being charged with murder by torture, Fox News reports.

The attack comes a little over three weeks after the shooting death of Kathryn Steinle, allegedly by an illegal immigrant in San Francisco, and less than a week before an undocumented Mexican national went on a deadly crime spree after being released by Ohio sheriffs.

"Immigration laws have been nullified and law enforcement has been neutered," Bob Dane of the Washington-based Federation for American Immigration Reform tells Fox News.

"The one exception — and glimmer of hope for the citizens of California — has been rising opposition by sheriffs who will hopefully spark needed statewide reforms before more citizens die."

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