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‘An Extensive Criminal History’

Posted on | March 17, 2024 | Comments Off on ‘An Extensive Criminal History’

In the wee hours of September 9, 2014, there was a jailbreak at the Marion County Detention Center in Mullins, South Carolina, when “two inmates overpowered two detention officers inside the jail. The inmates handcuffed one and beat the other.” Jaremy [sic] Alexander Smith was able to escape, but deputies tracked him with bloodhouds and he was recaptured about two hours later. Fast forward to 2024 . . .

Friday morning, Marion County authorities issued a missing persons alert for Phonesia Machado-Fore, a paramedic who worked in neighboring Florence County. Machado-Fore had last been seen at her home on Tuesday and, the alert noted, she drove a white BMW.

Not coincidentally, at 5 a.m. Friday morning, about 1,500 miles west of Marion County, South Carolina, New Mexico State Police Officer Justin Hare “was dispatched to Interstate 40, near milepost 318, to assist a motorist in a white BMW who had a flat tire and was attempting to wave down other motorists.” When Officer Hare parked behind the disabled vehicle, the driver got out of the car and approached the passenger side of Officer Hare’s vehicle, The trooper rolled down his window and talked to the stranded motorist, offering him assistance. The man then shot Officer Hare, walked around to the driver’s side of his vehicle, shot the trooper again and, shoving the body into the passenger seat, drove away in the state police vehicle. The trooper’s body was dumped two miles west, on an access road, and the killer then drove another 10 miles before abandoning the vehicle and fleeing on foot. The New Mexico State Police have launched a manhunt to apprehend Officer Hare’s killer.

Yes, it’s the same Jaremy Alexander Smith who broke out of the Marion County jail 10 years ago and, about 12 hours after Smith murdered Officer Hare in New Mexico, authorities in South Carolina announced that they had recovered the body of Phonesia Machado-Fore in Dillon County, and that Jaremy Smith is a “person of interest” in her death.

Now, are you ready for the real kick in the head?

According to New Mexico State Police, Smith has “an extensive criminal history in South Carolina” that included taking hostages and rioting in jail; breaking and entering; armed robbery; resisting or evading police officers; auto theft; and shooting at or from a motor vehicle.

WHAT THE HELL, SOUTH CAROLINA? Given his “extensive criminal history,” why wasn’t Jaremy Smith behind bars? Here you’ve got two people dead — a paramedic in South Carolina and a state trooper in New Mexico, because some judge or district attorney missed a chance to put this murderous lowlife away for 20 or 30 years?

It’s not like South Carolina is a Democrat-controlled sanctuary of liberalism. The state has a Republican governor, two Republican U.S. senators, and six of seven U.S. House members are Republicans. You’re telling me that, in a state so dominated by Republicans — where Donald Trump won by a 12-point margin in 2020 — you can’t do something to make sure dangerous criminals get locked up before they kill somebody?

Somebody explain to me what the hell is going on here, because I’m at a loss to why a habitual felon like Jaremy Smith was walking the streets with his “extensive criminal history in South Carolina.”

UPDATE 2:10 p.m. ET: The cop-killer is now in custody:

The suspect wanted in the killings of a New Mexico state trooper and a South Carolina paramedic was captured Sunday following a shooting involving law enforcement, authorities said.
The suspect, Jaremy Smith, was taken into custody in Bernalillo County, New Mexico, after leading police on a chase that resulted in a shooting involving at least one deputy from the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office, according to the New Mexico State Police. . . .
Bernalillo County Sheriff’s deputies spotted Smith driving a car in Albuquerque at about 8 a.m. local time, officials said. Smith allegedly led deputies on a chase that ended in his arrest, according to authorities.
“The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office is currently in the area of Unser and Anderson Hill for a deputy-involved shooting,” the agency said in a social media post, referring to a neighborhood in southwest Albuquerque. “The Multi-Agency Task Force has initiated an investigation.”
No deputies were injured in the incident, officials said.

Let justice be done. Of course, if justice were done, that “deputy-involved shooting” would have been the end for Jeramy Smith.


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