Tuesday, June 27, 2006

An illegal Brazilian immigrant who was driving without a license has admitted to hitting and killing a pedestrian

Julie Manganis:

Alex Costa, 28, of Peabody was given a nine-month jail term, but a Salem District Court judge said he would change the sentence to "time served" — the 163 days he has already served while awaiting trial — as soon as immigration officials showed up at the court to take Costa into custody yesterday.

He will be deported back to Brazil.

Costa, who is also known as Magno daCosta, had just wrapped up his shift at a Dunkin' Donuts at around 11 p.m. on the night of Jan. 14 when he got behind the wheel of a Nissan Maxima. The rain had caused the windows to fog over, and Costa said he never saw Richard Golin, 49, who was trying to cross Canal Street near Ocean Avenue.

The Nissan sideswiped Golin, knocking him to the ground. He died the following evening of serious head injuries. Costa was charged with negligent vehicular homicide.

So basically the Brazilian immigrant gets only 163 days of jail time for killing someone while in the country illegally. Unbelievable.

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