Jacksonville, FL - He didn’t mean to hurt anyone.
The attorney for Francisco Portillo-Fuentes says he doesn’t believe his client should be charged in connection to the death of Nassau County Deputy Eric Oliver. Portillo-Fuentes was running from Border Patrol agents in Yulee last week when Deputy Oliver pursued on foot, and was fatally hit by a vehicle. Portillo-Fuentes stayed on the run for most of the day, until he was tracked down in Jacksonville that evening.
Since then, Portillo-Fuentes has been held in federal custody on a charge of felony re-entry in to the US. In federal court today, his attorney said Portillo-Fuentes intends to plead guilty to the felony re-entry charge, and will likely do so at a hearing that’s been scheduled for December 5th.
Portillo-Fuentes was in court today for a detention hearing, but that was waived. He remains in federal custody, and could get up to two years in prison for the re-entry charge.
Federal court records show Portillo-Fuentes had been deported from the US twice before, including once just a few weeks ago. The criminal complaint says he admitted to coming back in to the US by crossing the Rio Grande in Texas just a few days before he was questioned by Border Patrol at a Yulee gas station. Several people were being questioned when Portillo-Fuentes fled on foot.
Currently, Portillo-Fuentes does not face any charges for the death of Nassau County Deputy Eric Oliver. Oliver and another deputy were chasing the suspect on foot when Oliver was hit by a vehicle and died.
Deputy Oliver leaves behind a six-year-old daughter. He was laid to rest this past weekend.