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The bloody consequences of illegal alien sanctuary at the White House doorstep

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By Michelle Malkin  •  May 29, 2008 10:29 AM

An illegal alien who had been deported twice before was convicted this week of the brutal murder of a restaurant worker who was employed by the popular Old Ebbitt Grill restaurant near the White House. The victim’s skull was crushed after the two-time deportee bashed him in the head repeatedly with a baseball bat. Despite sporadic immigration enforcement efforts elsewhere around the country, the D.C. area remains a sanctuary for thugs like this:

An illegal immigrant who twice had been deported from the United States was convicted Tuesday of the brutal beating death of an employee of a historic restaurant near the White House. A D.C. Superior Court jury found Hernan Melendez, 17, guilty of second-degree murder, assault with a dangerous weapon and possession of a prohibited weapon.

Melendez, of Honduras, faces more than 50 years in prison but will likely be sentenced to between 13 1/2 years and 29 years under sentencing guidelines.

At about 2 a.m. Jan. 28, 2007, Melendez and two friends got into an argument with Andres Benitez near the Old Ebbitt Grill where Benitez worked as a dishwasher, prosecutors said.

Benitez retrieved a baseball bat and swung at the group, but the three men rushed him to the ground and started kicking him.

As Benitez lay on the ground, Melendez grabbed the bat and hit Benitez as many as 10 times until a bystander tried to break things up, authorities said.

Melendez struck the Good Samaritan in the head and resumed his attack on Benitez, pounding him five more times, authorities said.

Two security guards who witnessed the attack chased Melendez and caught up to him at a nearby apartment building. Melendez still had the bat in his hand, court documents said.

Benitez died at the scene. His skull was crushed.

They know how the game is played:

After initially telling authorities that he was 21, Melendez then asserted that he was 16 and challenged the propriety of being charged with murder as an adult. The challenges were eventually rejected by the court.

But don’t you dare think about criticizing lax immigration enforcement if you happen to be a person of color.

The Spitter will call you an “Uncle Tom.”

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