Arizona rancher, 73, jailed for shooting illegal on his property, begs judge for bail to protect wife

An ongoing investigation has left an Arizona rancher behind bars for the alleged fatal shooting of an illegal alien on his property with a bond set beyond his means while his wife remains alone with “nobody to take care of her.”

The crisis at the southern border has continued to devastate lives and threaten the national sovereignty of the United States. Despite the dangers posed by an untold number of criminals, some suspected on the FBI’s terror watch list, President Joe Biden is expected to yet again make a pitch for amnesty during Tuesday’s State of the Union address.

On January 30, the flagrant disregard for border security by the current administration saw the previously deported 48-year-old Gabriel Cuen-Butimea allegedly trespassing on 73-year-old George Alan Kelly’s ranch in Kino Springs, Arizona outside Nogales and a mile and a half north of the U.S.-Mexico border. According to a report from Nogales International, at 2:40 p.m. and 5:56 p.m. there were two reports of shots fired in the area, and after the second report, Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office deputies located the body believed to be Cuen-Butimea between 100 t0 150 yards from Kelly’s home with a visible gunshot wound.

Due to the active nature of the investigation, details remain sparse on specifics, but Chief Deputy Gerardo Castillo did report that Kelly was arrested because “The investigation initially revealed that he had shot in the area.”

At his initial court appearance on January 31, Justice of the Peace Emilio Velasquez set the bond for Kelly, who was charged with first degree murder, at $1 million and he was being held in the Santa Cruz County Jail.

The rancher reportedly asked for leniency from Velasquez during his court appearance as, without him home, his wife would be left alone and there was no one else who could care for her and their land. “She’s there by herself … nobody to take care of her, the livestock. Or the ranch. And I’m not going anywhere,” he argued. “I can’t come up with a million dollars. Is there… Would you consider reducing it to any degree?”

The judge did not waver on the amount despite Kelly’s plea and Arizona’s Stand Your Ground laws establishing “a person is justified in threatening or using physical force against another when, and to the extent a reasonable person would believe that physical force is immediately necessary to protect himself against the other’s use or attempted use of unlawful physical force.”

A neighbor of Kelly’s told 13 News that the wasn’t the first time the rancher had trouble with people trespassing and he believes whatever reason was used to justify the alleged shooting, Kelly was acting in the right.

In addition to being a rancher, Kelly was reported to be an author with a 57-page book available on Amazon titled “Far Beyond the Border Fence” that features characters and a ranch matching the names and descriptions of he and his wife that “brings the Mexican Border/Drug conflict into the 21st century.”

Within the story, the character of George, along with his foreman, “had to patrol the ranch daily, armed with AK-47s.”

When Kelly left the courtroom after being denied reduced bail by the judge, he reportedly said to officers, “Have a good day, guys. I don’t think I’m going to.”

Republished with permission from American Wire News Service


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