A mistake made by the Los Angeles District Attorney's office allowed a career criminal, now murder suspect, to remain on the streets, where he is accused of committing his latest crime.
The Los Angeles D.A.’s office admitted Monday, to “inadvertently erring” when it made a deal that allowed Northridge quadruple homicide suspect, Ka Pasasouk, to forgo jail time in favor of a drug diversion program, reports the Los Angeles Times.
Around 4:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 3, four people were shot and killed outside an illegal boarding home in Northridge, Calif. The same day, police arrested four suspects in connection with the shooting
Los Angeles residents Ka Pasasouk, 31, Donna Rabulan, 30, and Christina Neal, 31, and Howard Alcantara, 30, of Glendale, appeared in a Las Vegas court on Thursday, Dec. 6, where it was decided that they’d be extradited back to California.
Pasasouk, the presumed gunman, charged with murder, while the three remaining suspects are charged with accessory after the fact.
Pasasaouk’s history involves multiple run-ins with Los Angeles authorities. In 2006, he was subject to deportation to his native country, Laos, due to his criminal history, which included felony assault and second-degree robbery.
He was released from California State Prison in 2008 and taken into custody by federal agents, but according to according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), they were “unable to obtain travel documents to facilitate his removal," because historically, deportation to Laos has been problematic.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Zadvydas v. Davis , 2001, that deportation orders must be carried out within 90 days. Pasasouk was released because the time limit had expired.
In 2010, Pasasouk was convicted of grand theft auto, and again sent to state prison. In January, 2012 he was released into the custody of the Probation Department due to overcrowding, NBC reports. According to Probation Deputy Chief Reaver Bingham, Pasasouk never reported to his probation officer.
Pasasouk was attested again in September for illegal possession of methamphetamines. The probation department recommended he be sent back to prison, but the D.A.’s office worked out a plea deal allowing Pasasouk to plead no contests and enter a drug diversion program.
Pasasouk again failed to report to his probation officer after his Nov. 14 proof of progress court appearance. The Probation Department sought to obtain a warrant. It completed the paperwork one day before the Dec. 2 massacre, Bingham told NBC.