Washington state judge lowers bail for illegal immigrant accused of killing trooper from $1M to $100K

An illegal immigrant accused of killing a Washington state trooper in a crash earlier this year had his bail dropped from $1 million to $100,000 by a state judge last week.

Raul Benitez Santana, 32,is currently being held at the Snohomish County Jail on charges of vehicular assault and vehicular homicide involving alcohol or drugs in connection to the death of 27-year-old Washington State Patrol Trooper Christopher M. Gadd in March.

Santana was initially held on $1 million bail, but online jail records on Wednesday show his bail was reduced to $100,000.

Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Richard Okrentlowered Santana’s bail on May 15 after Santana’s defense attorneys argued for his release, the Everett Herald reported.

ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT ACCUSED OF KILLING WASHINGTON STATE TROOPER WAS PREVIOUSLY ACCUSED OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Raul Benitez Santana is accused of killing a Washington State Patrol officer after crashing his car into a patrol vehicle in March. (FOX13 Seattle KCPQ)

Gadd’s widow, however, objected to Santana’s release in a letter to the judge.

“Reducing bail would not only undermine the severity of the crime but also inflict further anguish and distress upon me, our child, and the rest of our family,” Cammryn Gadd wrote in the letter obtained by the Herald.

Washington State Patrol Trooper Christopher M. Gadd, 27, served the agency for two-and-a-half years. He is survived by his wife and daughter, his parents, sister and other family members. (Washington State Patrol)

Gadd was killed just before 3 a.m. on southbound I-5 near Marysville when an SUV veered off the roadway and onto the shoulder, striking his parked patrol vehicle. The SUV was allegedly traveling at a high rate of speed when the crash occurred.

MAN WHO CRASHED INTO WASHINGTON STATE PATROL TROOPER, KILLING HIM, IN US ILLEGALLY: ICE

FOX13 in Seattlepreviously reported it had obtained court documents alleging Santana had bloodshot eyes and admitted to police he had been drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana before getting behind the wheel of the vehicle and driving.

Gadd was found inside his patrol car and pronounced dead at the scene after an SUV traveling at a high rate of speed struck his patrol vehicle, authorities have said. (Washington State Patrol)

An ICE official confirmed Santana is a citizen of Mexico, and was in the U.S. unlawfully after entering the country at an unknown date and time. ICE placed an immigration detainer on Santana following his arrest.

Santana’s defense is now worried that should he post bail, federal authorities may arrest him and deport him from the country, the Herald reported.

Fox News’ Timothy H.J. Nerozzi and Greg Wehner contributed to this report.

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