A D.C. Council member is questioning officials’ efforts to supervise a 19-year-old man accused of gunning down an innocent bystander Saturday near the Caribbean Festival parade route.
Jim Graham, Ward 1 Democrat, wrote in a letter Tuesday to Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier that Terry Jiminez may not have been properly monitored between his stays in the District and time he spent in Buffalo, N.Y.
Mr. Graham’s letter said delay in working out compliance details of a national agreement governing the transfer of adult criminals led to gaps in the supervision of Mr. Jiminez between the D.C. Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA) and officials in New York.
However, a CSOSA spokesman said the misdemeanor conviction that landed Mr. Jiminez under court supervision was not the type of crime that would normally warrant out-of-state supervision. Mr. Jiminez was convicted of receipt of stolen property and placed under supervision in September 2010, said Leonard Sipes Jr., a CSOSA spokesman. It was after the attempt on his life in February that Mr. Jiminez decided to leave the District to stay with family in New York.
Understanding that Mr. Jiminez was a potential danger to himself and others if he returned to the D.C. area, CSOSA kept in contact with Mr. Jiminez and his family in New York through twice-a-month phone calls and emails, Mr. Sipes said. Supervisory authorities in New York were under no obligation to monitor him.
“Most other parole and probation agencies in the country don’t do what we did” in this case, Mr. Sipes said.
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Andrea Noble is a crime and public safety reporter for The Washington Times. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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