Judge Fernando Celesia approved the shortened trial on September 2
On September 2, 20-year-old Juan Cruz Nazareno Mejías, alias “Convulión”, entered the Quilmes courts to give his consent: he was to be sentenced in an abbreviated trial to three years in prison for an entry last year . That day, together with an armed accomplice, he stole a motorcycle. Although he was arrested on July 24, 2020, he was only imprisoned until July 29: five days. Then, he continued the process at liberty. Finally, he admitted to having participated in the assault, received the suspended sentence and therefore was not arrested. Just a month and 12 days later, that same criminal is accused of the murder of Lucas Cancino (17) in Quilmes.
Infobae accessed the complete document containing the decision and the details of the case that led to a sentence of e years for Mejías (20), but it did not earn him jail.
According to the brief, on July 24, 2020 at 7.55 a.m., Mejías and an accomplice intercepted a man who was leaving his house on Alfonsina Storni street, Quilmes area. They pointed a firearm at him and threatened to kill him until they finally stole his Yamaha 125 XTZ motorcycle with which the victim was trying to go out to work. After the event, the two criminals fled and at the intersection of Juan Cruz Varela and Brown they collided with a car.
The two arrested for the murder of Lucas
Mejías ended up with a broken foot and injuries to various parts of the body. His face was also bloody. However, when the Buenos Aires Police arrived at the scene of the crash, they fled as best they could. Then a chase on foot began that ended with the offender entering a neighbor’s house to hide. He tried to hide at the bottom of that house until he was caught. His accomplice suffered the same fate.
But that situation did not last long. Five days later, by order of the head of Guarantee Court No. 2, Martín Nolfi, Mejías was released. “The judge acted according to what the laws dictate in these cases. The law says that when faced with this type of crime, the accused can await the trial in freedom. Society must in any case ask Congress to change the laws, but in the meantime we have this one. If the judge had detained him, the Chamber would have released him ”, a source with extensive experience in Buenos Aires justice tells this medium.
The truth is that a year and two months after the fact, Mejías’s defense reached an agreement with the trial prosecutor María de los Ángeles Attarian Mena to carry out an abbreviated trial where the sentence would be suspended for three years. That means he would be convicted, but he would not go to jail.
The first page of the document
“The penalty for this crime ranges from 3 to 10 years, and an abbreviated one can be done with penalties of up to 15. It is within the regulatory framework. Afterwards, the discussion can focus on whether the prosecutor could have agreed to a higher penalty ”, explains a judicial source familiar with the case.
For the shortened trial to be valid, the accused must accept his responsibility and participation in the fact. Mejías did the same at the hearing on September 2. Therefore, Judge Fernando Celesia approved the agreement and signed the sentence against Mejías.
Although the sentence does not make special reference to the expertise that was made with respect to the weapon that the convicted person used to steal the motorcycle, it does specify that “the ability to fire the weapon used could not be considered proven in any way ”. This point was fundamental to determine the amount and nature of the penalty. Regarding mitigating circumstances, the defendant’s lack of background was taken into account.
Lucas Cancino was murdered when he was leaving his grandmother’s house to go to school
But there is one last fundamental point that the judge emphasizes. It forces you to adhere to certain “Seizure” rules of conduct, such as not drinking alcohol or using drugs for two years. But, in addition, he put another requirement: “I consider it appropriate to impose on the accused, for a period of two years, the obligation to submit to the care of a patronage.”
So far no one can confirm that this has been fulfilled in any way, since there is no record in any record that someone has visited “Convulsion” to find out about his situation after the conviction and before the murder of Lucas.
The truth is that 41 days after he was convicted, Mejías and his accomplice, Agustín Rodrigo Rivas, alias “Chancho”, aged 19, intercepted and killed Lucas. For the investigators, it was “Chancho” who gave him the fatal stab. This Thursday, both will be in front of the prosecutor Karina Gallo, of the UFI N ° 4 of Quilmes, who accuses them of the crime of homicide on the occasion of robbery.
The suspect of killing the policeman in Caseros had been arrested in August for driving a stolen car: his background Mar del Plata: agreed to a conviction for drug trafficking in an abbreviated trial but still appealed the sentence to Cassation He argued with a bus driver and broke his windows: they saw him by the cameras and they detained him