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  • Adult Time for Adult Crime: Jesus Mandujano

    On November 9th, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments challenging the constitutionality of juvenile life without parole (JLWOP) sentences. In preparation for oral arguments, JLWOP: Faces & Cases will be an on-going series on The Foundry that will tell real stories about juvenile offenders who are currently serving LWOP sentences.

    Defendant: Jesus Mandujano (17)
    Victims: J. Sacramento Benitez-Hernandez and an Unknown female
    Crimes: Felony murder, Assault with intent to commit rape and other crimes
    Crime date: January 3, 1992, and April 2, 1992 in San Jose, California

    Summary
    Three months after robbing and murdering a man in his own home, Jesus Mandujano invaded another home, assaulting the men there and sexually assaulting one of two women whom he forced to undress.

    Facts
    A Mexican native, Jesus Mandujano was from the town of Nuevo Italia in the State of Michoacan, Mexico. He migrated northwards and, in 1992, began his career in the United States as a burglar.

    On January 3, 2002, Mandujano and some fellow gang members entered the home of J. Sacramento Benitez-Hernandez. Benitez-Hernandez’s sister sold jewelry from the home, and Mandujano and his fellow gang members intended to get some money. Mandujano, armed with a handgun, confronted Benitez-Hernandez, who fled to his bedroom and closed the door. Mandujano shot him through the bedroom door, killing him.

    On April 2, 1002, Mandujano participated in another home robbery in San Jose. During the robbery, he pistol-whipped several men in the house and forced two women to undress, threatening to cut off their breasts if they did not comply. He then sexually assaulted one of the females in a bedroom.

    Charles D. Stimson is Senior Legal Fellow and Andrew M. Grossman is Senior Legal Policy Analyst in the Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation.

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    14 Responses to Adult Time for Adult Crime: Jesus Mandujano

    1. Randy, Albuquerque says:

      Lock him up and throw away the key. He has shown a pattern of not being able to function in civilized society. There is no rehab for this type of person. No mercy.

    2. John, Colorado says:

      I have been reading these postings for sometime now. Those who think the Death Penalty is wrong and that all felons can be rehabilitated are just plain silly.

    3. Lee says:

      I do not think he should be locked up. That's tax money wasted. Just take him up in an airplane to about 10,000 ft, and invite him to step outside.

    4. mrspie, houston says:

      This is a good example for the DEATH PENALTY

    5. Susan , Detroit Mich says:

      This person has no business being involved with the human race.

      Why does our legal system keep puss footing around these beings.

    6. E Fresquez says:

      He needs to stay in jail. I personally think life is to good for him regardless of where he spends it. He is trash and trash is waste. He does not belong in our society, he belongs in jail until his dying day and let there be many.

    7. Joe , New jersey says:

      What a suprise, an illegal commiting crime in the U.S. demanding his rights.Send Mexico the bill for his legal fees.

    8. Carol, AZ says:

      I have read this with an open heart for the numerous victems by J.M and his gang members.

      The simple facts that this case made it's all the way to the Supreme court is pathetic.

      Along the way, did the San Jose law enforcement agency(s), under the banner of "Sanctutary Law" ignore this animal and also not arrest these individual(s) becasue of specific protections under "sanctions" with-in the laws, specifically for non-legals in all major CA based cities.

      So after all the crime sprees what did the legal system do in San Jose?

      We, as a society can not have both way.

      Law enforcement agencys are paid for by the tax payers.

      They are entrusted to arrest, all violent offenders regardless of ethnity ,and not to "protect under age violent offenders."

      The facts are so clear;

      Ca has numerous cases like this.

      I have always wondered why the citizens do not sue the city,in direct violation of non-enforcement, of Federal Laws, as well as individual police Depts. for enaction.

      The citizens of San Jose should look very closely at this monster they have created under the direct violation of thier own civil rights, being violated every day.

      In 1992 J.M. began his violence against sociey and nothing was done legally for 17 years.

      Great job San Jose, CA

    9. Mike Winsauer, Kings says:

      And it goes on! A gigantic (very sarcastic) attaboy! to the current and past 3 presidents and every member of congress for not living up to their oath of office to protect Americans from these illegal alien murders, rapists and thieves!

      Another disgusting cowardly sub-human preying on defenseless citizens. And still the liberals among us preach mercy for this animal. Again I ask "will these bleeding hearts invite this guy into their house or even neighborhood?" If they want life in prison for him, they should be willing to pay the cost of keeping him housed and fed til some liberal judge releases him on to society again. I for one, wouldn't want to bear any such cost.

    10. Perry OK says:

      Wow, how many criminals does it take to .break a nation? Rehab is a joke, you can only help those that want help.

      Yet our perverse society has engaged on a path of least resistance. It is a shame to have to KILL some one. Yet the cost to our nation is great. Not so much in monetary value, but in making ourselves hostage to those with the will to KILL. I fear not for I carry a weapon at all times, and am willing to use it. My mind is a terrible thing to waste Fear not dead people tell no lies.

    11. Carol, AZ says:

      JOE IN N.J.— _FYI…..

      YOU ARE CORRECT; BUT

      REPARATION FOR ALL COSTS FOR "FOREIGN NATIONALS' CONVICTED IN THE USA SHOULD BE PAID FOR, BY ALL COUNTRY'S OF ORIGIN.

      THAT IS WHAT THE USA DOSE IN REVERSE.

      HOWEVER, OUR CURRENT GOV'T AND PAST LEADERSHIP, HAS BEEN "UNABLE TO COLLECT, OR WILL NOT."FROM THESE COUNTRY'S OF ORIGIN.

      HENCE, THE FEDERAL GOV'T IS SUPPOSE TO RE-INVERSE THOSE COST TO EA STATE BURDEN WITH THE PROBLEM.

      HERE IN AZ, AS A BORDER STATE, WE HAVE FIVE PRISONS, ( NOT JAILS) THAT HOUSED ALL VIOLENT NON-LEGALS AT THE COST OF $35,000 EACH.

      I DO NOT KNOW @ THIS TIME, THE EXACT #'S PER EA PRISON, BUT IT IS IN THE THOUSANDS OVER ALL.

      ALSO UNLIKE CA , WE DO NOT HAVE SANCTUARY LAW TO PROTECT THE VIOLENT OFFENDER AND UNDER AGE OFFFENDERS.

      THE DUPLICITY CONTINUES TO CUT DEEP HOWEVER, RECENTLY A LAWYER REPRESENTING ONE OF THE FOREIGN NATIONALS WAS CONVICTED FOR TRYING TO SMUGGLE DRUGS INTO THE PRISON WHILE MEETING WITH ONE OF HIS CLIENTS.

      THE FEDERAL GOV'T IS SUPPOSE TO REINVERSE ALL COST, BUT HAS NOT PONEY UP THE MONEY, PAID-OUT, FOR THESE IMMATES IN OUR STATE.

      THE BURDEN OF THE COST HAS BEEN PASSED TO THE TAX PAYERS OF AZ.

      THE STATE OF AZ IS IN FISCAL CALLASPE.

      CA'S PROBLEM IS FAR GREATER.

      THOUSANDS OF PRISONERS THERE WILL SOON BE RELEASED TO 'CUT-COST'IN CA.

      IT IS ONE OF THE MANY UN-SPOKEN INJUSTICES OF OUR CURRENT SYSTEM OF HOW OUR TAX DOLLARS ARE SPENT .IT IS THE SYSTEM OF 'DON'T ASK,DON'T TELL."

      YOU MAY BE VERY SURPRISED HOW N.J. HANDLES THIS SAME PROBLEM.

      I KNOW YOU DO HAVE SANCTURARY CITIES THERE WHICH FURTHER REINFORCES ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES UNDER THE BANNER OF, "THE LAW WILL PROTECT YOU, BECASUE… "

      HAVE YOU EVER CONSIDER THE QUESTION OF WHAT YOU ARE PAYING FOR IN N.J.?

    12. Jerry from Chicago says:

      Well, I don't know about all these trumped up charges made against poor "undocumented" workers such as this. But it's about time we started time we started facing up to our responsibilities here. People like this need our understanding, compassion and support. They need health care, subsidized housing, food stamps, free education, tax exemption and government welfare programs and job training. They also need to understand where all this will be coming from and vote Democrat.

      (How am I doin', Barack?)

    13. John Paget Poulsbo, says:

      Locking them up is too expensive. Death would be a better plan.

    14. Jim Herlong Ca. says:

      Jerry from Chicago, i hope then when your Barack gets around to ripping you dum democrats off, and then start to let these criminals out of prison because he wasted the peoples money on stupid bailouts and other felonious things to help under mine the USA. I am waiting for the criminals the president supports to start passing more laws to help the illegals from being arrested.

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