Illegal Immigrant Accused of Stabbing VA Teen Should Have Been Deported Months Before Murder

Illegal Immigrant Accused of Stabbing VA Teen Should Have Been Deported Months Before Murder

An illegal immigrant accused of brutally murdering a teenager in Virginia in 2010 should have been deported three months before he stabbed the victim 13 times and left her to die in a ravine.

Illegal immigrant Julio Miguel Blanco-Garcia has admitted to killing Vanessa Pham, 19, after he begged her to give him and his infant daughter a ride to the hospital while he was high on PCP.

According to his account, Blanco-Garcia was hallucinating while high on PCP he had bought earlier in the day. He thought Pham was going to do him and his one-year old daughter harm when she accidentally made a wrong turn while taking the strangers to the hospital. He then “took out a butcher’s knife” from his backpack and stabbed her 13 times. Pham crashed her car into a ravine while she was being stabbed; her dead body was later discovered. 

Blanco-Garcia, though, should never have been on the streets.

According to a report, the “U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement was notified of Blanco-Garcia’s 2010 misdemeanor for public intoxication and planned to file paperwork to take custody of him.” But Blanco-Garcia “was released by local authorities on personal recognizance before he could be fingerprinted based on the low-level nature of the charge.” 

Blanco-Garcia reportedly spent four hours at an adult detention center. According to ICE, he “entered the United States legally in 2002 with a visa but stayed past the six-month period for which it was authorized.”

After police were stumped for nearly two years in their investigation of Pham’s murder, a break in the case came when Blanco-Garcia was arrested for stealing three bottles of champagne from a grocery store in McLean, Virginia in 2012. 

A spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform said this should be a “wake-up call” for the public about what can happen when ICE “doesn’t send the paddy wagon.”

Blanco-Garcia has pleaded not guilty to the charge of premeditate murder. A search of his computer found that he had been tracking the progress of the investigation for two years.

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