Lousy aim gets U.S. crasher a jail term


An il­leg­al ali­en who shot two people dur­ing a New Year’s Eve cel­eb­ra­tion at a North­east Phil­adelphia bar three years ago has been sen­tenced to 10 years in pris­on.

Al­ex­an­der Mur­illo, 27, of Mor­ris­ville, N.C., had gone to Tom Fool­ery’s Bar, on the 7500 block of Castor Ave., on Dec. 31, 2008, to ring in the new year, ac­cord­ing to the U.S. At­tor­ney’s Of­fice. Mur­illo brought a .223-caliber AR-15-style rifle to the party and fired it re­peatedly in­to a crowd of people who were stand­ing out­side the bar.

Two pat­rons were each wounded three times. Both vic­tims re­quired med­ic­al treat­ment, in­clud­ing one who suffered ser­i­ous in­jury from a bul­let that lodged in his leg and could not be re­moved.

Phil­adelphia po­lice ar­res­ted Mur­illo on Jan. 1, 2009, for at­temp­ted murder. Agents from U.S. Im­mig­ra­tion and Cus­toms En­force­ment then de­term­ined that Mur­illo had entered the coun­try il­leg­ally.

A fed­er­al grand jury in­dicted him in Decem­ber 2009 on a single charge of pos­ses­sion of a fire­arm by an il­leg­al ali­en. Au­thor­it­ies did not dis­close Mur­illo’s coun­try of ori­gin.

Mur­illo pleaded guilty to the fed­er­al charge on May 10, 2010. U.S. Dis­trict Judge Juan R. Sanc­hez sen­tenced him to the max­im­um pris­on term of 120 months, plus a $1,500 fine, $100 spe­cial as­sess­ment and three years of su­per­vised re­lease.

Mur­illo still faces tri­al in Phil­adelphia on the at­temp­ted murder charges. U.S. ICE will de­term­ine Mur­illo’s im­mig­ra­tion status after he com­pletes his pris­on sen­tence. ••


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