27-year-old Honduran national Denis Matute has been sentenced to 29 years in jail, after which time he will deported. Matute, in the United States illegally, was a member of a gang of robbers who perpetrated numerous crimes in Texas dating back to 2017.
On August 16, now-retired U.S. Circuit Judge Gregg Costa handed Matute a 9-year sentence for two counts of interference with commerce by robbery and two 10-year sentences for a pair of counts of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence.
According to the U.S. attorney’s office for the Southern District of Texas, the court was made aware of “the details surrounding three additional murders and two home invasions Matute had committed.” Extra to murders, assaults, and home invasions, he had also hijacked a vehicle on his way to rob other American citizens.
A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement press release characterized the approach taken by Matute to his victims as “sadistic.”
In one instance exemplifying his cruelty, he and his gang handcuffed a security guard at Houston’s A1 Flea Market. They kicked the victim repeatedly while he was down and defenseless.
While never reluctant to physically terrorize his victims, Matute also utilized psychological torments. He routinely aimed guns at those he was robbing.
When robbing the R&R Pawn Shop in January 2017, for instance, he pointed his weapon at employees’ heads while smashing glass and snatching up expensive watches.
Matute is one of many illegal aliens who have stolen into the United States and committed crimes in recent years.
In Texas, between June 1, 2011, and July 31, 2019, over 297,000 non-citizens were booked into local jails for crimes not including immigration violations. Two-thirds of those non-citizens were confirmed by the federal government to be illegal aliens. Of the convictions meted out, there were 500 for homicide, 23,954 for assault, 8,070 for burglaries, 297 for kidnappings, 14,178 for thefts, 2,026 for robberies, and 3,122 for sexual assaults, along with various others.
These numbers do not reflect the surge in crimes committed by illegal aliens that took place more recently in 2021.
Last year, illegal immigrants committed 1,178 assault and domestic violence crimes nationwide. There was also a 1,900% increase in murders committed by illegal aliens across the United States.
In the way of convictions for illegal aliens in 2022, there have so far been 892 for assault and battery; 693 for burglary; 53 for homicide; 1,241 for driving under the influence; 249 for illegal weapons possession; and 283 for sexual offenses.
Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) noted earlier this year that roughly 2,000 Americans are killed annually by illegal aliens. Murders of citizens by illegal aliens are one “of the dozens of negative effects of illegal aliens in America, aided and abetted by Socialist Democrats who seek political power via a tsunami of illegal aliens.”
Nearly 2 million illegal aliens have stolen across the U.S. southern border in 2022, breaking previous records.