Family unhappy after bond reduced for alleged drunk driver
MIAMI (WSVN) -- The family of a 13-year-old killed in a hit and run crash has been left disappointed after a judge decided to reduce the bond of the alleged drunk driver who caused the accident.
Dozens of supporters of the Camacho family crowded into a courtroom Tuesday morning only to be let down when 38-year-old Sandor Guillen was granted a reduction in his bond of $1 million. With his hefty bail reduced to $205,000, he could now walk out of jail until his trial.
His bond was first set so high over concerns that Guillen could be a flight risk, considering he ran from the scene of the accident on April 13. Police needed to set up a perimeter to find him. "Based on, yeah, I guess what happened after the accident ... that's why the bond was set so high," said Kirk Camacho, the victim's father, outside the courthouse before the hearing.
The judge questioned the accused's parents about their income, the expensive cars they lease and their houses. "I want the collateral," he said. "I want the collateral on this case. I want the houses at risk for this family."
The judge also ordered the confiscation of Guillen's US and Nicaraguan passports as well as the passports of his parents. He also ordered Guillen to wear a GPS bracelet.
Though the Camacho family, who lost Kaely Camacho just before her 14th birthday, did not speak to the media after the hearing, they appeared visibly upset in the courtroom. Her mother gripped her daughter's hand and cried softly. Bruce Cease, a friend of the victim's family, said, "We are disappointed in the amount," he said, "however, with all of the restrictions we can only hope that Mr. Guillen stays around."
Her sister, Bree Ann, posted a video on Facebook asking people to attend the bond court hearing to sway the judge to reject Guillen's bond reduction request. "It's going to be in the Courtroom 4-6 at Miami-Dade Courthouse, and we're all going to meet at 7:30 in the front of the courthouse, and we're all going to walk in together, so the media can see how many people this has affected," she said. "Even if you don't know me or my family or my sister, like, we can save lives. This isn't supposed to happen. We need to stop drunk driving."
Many supporters, like family friend Jackie Perez, called the ruling ridiculous. "I'm disgusted because he's going to be out probably in a few days, and I don't think it drives the message home not to drink and drive, that there's consequences for your actions," she said.
Howard Smith was also there to support the victim's family. "This guy's gonna bond out," he said. "I heard it was $200,000 bail, and I heard the bailsman has to come up with $20,000. He's going to be free."
Guillen will have to pay 10 percent of the bond, which means he will have to come up with $20,500. The Camacho family said now they can only wait for him to stand trial.
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