Couple furious as jury pays illegal alien’s fine after jewelry theft conviction

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Sandra Mendez Ortega/Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office photo

I understand having compassion for people. Yet as small as the fine was, it was the perfect opportunity to teach this young women about personal responsibility for your actions.

FYI: Fairfax County is a sanctuary county.

From Fox News: A Virginia woman was outraged after the maid she hired stole $5,000 worth of jewelry from her home and then the jury chipped in to pay for the woman’s fine after convicting her of theft.

Sandra Mendez Ortega, 19, who is in the country illegally, was convicted of felony grand larceny for stealing three rings on Dec. 8 by a jury at Fairfax County court. Instead of jail time, the jury sentenced her to a $60 fine.

A sympathetic jury for the teenager, who is pregnant with her second child, and pulled together $80 to pay for the fine after they convicted her.

Jury foreman Jeffrey Memmott told The Washington Post the jurors felt sympathy for the woman who testified she dropped out of school after sixth grade, had one child and was pregnant with another but was not employed.

“The general sentiment was she was a victim, too,” Memmott said. “Two of the women (jurors) were crying because of how bad they felt. One lady pulled out a $20 bill, and just about everybody chipped in.”

Memmott said he contacted the case’s public defender and went to the former maid’s home to give her $80, more than enough to pay her $60 fine.

“Justice had to be done,” Janice Woolridge, a juror, told The Washington Post. “But there’s also got to be some compassion somewhere. Young people make bad decisions. We just couldn’t pile on any more.”

However, Lisa Copeland, Mendez Ortega’s employer, was not happy with the sentencing – or their actions. She told the post that a $60 fine was insufficient for the crime committed and claimed Ortega told lie after lie. “I was outraged,” Copeland said. “I was just flabbergasted. I didn’t think $60 equated to the crime at all.”

Copeland said she discovered the rings missing in Sept. 2016 and actually did not realize a third ring had disappeared until they were turned in. The rings were worth at least $5,000, she aid.

Copeland called Fairfax City police who questioned the three housekeepers – including Mendez Ortega – who cleaned Copeland’s home and they all denied wrongdoing.

However, following the questioning the 19-year-old reportedly felt guilty about the stealing and told Copeland’s husband, Jeff, she had the rings and gave them back, The Washington Post reported. Police also had the young woman write the Copeland’s a letter of apology. Copeland said she has never seen the apology and the former maid never said sorry to her in person. “Never saw it,” Copeland said. “Never heard about it until the trial, during sentencing.”

Mendez Ortega was arrested and spent eight days in jail but posted the $1,000 bond and was released. The jury was not told of the woman’s stint in jail and that she was in the country illegally because “it was not relevant to whether she stole the rings.”

(So why was Ortega’s education, employment and pregnancy status relevant to whether she stole the rings but not her criminal entry into this country?)

Copeland said she felt the jury should have been told these facts. “I think it’s relevant to the case,” Copeland said.

“It really irritates me that she came here and committed a felony,” Jeff Copeland told The Washington Post. “People are coming here because there is opportunity here. But when they come here and commit crimes, that’s where you’ve got to draw the line.”

Lisa Copeland said she was “amazed” the jury did not want to convict Mendez Ortega although she confessed. “The fact that she confessed,” she said, “and they didn’t want to convict her? I don’t get this. That’s basically saying it’s okay to steal.”

Mendez Ortega faced up to 20 years in prison and a $2,500 fine but the jury only made her pay a fine that would be equivalent to a day’s pay.

Speaking through an interpreter, she said she was “happy” following her sentencing. “I became happy when I heard they wanted to give me that (money.) Thank you very much to all of them, God bless them,” she said.

DCG

57 responses to “Couple furious as jury pays illegal alien’s fine after jewelry theft conviction

  1. And this is exactly why they all want to come to the USA! In addition to immediately being able to claim our benefits, they get the royal treatment and let free from any and all crimes they commit. In this case, she even made out an extra $20 in addition to the $60 fine. These illegals are all laughing at the US for being so stupid and not having any discernment, discrimination or sense of righteous judgment and justice. The joke is definitely on the US.

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  2. 20 years for stealing 5000$ without violence…? She got her rings back, the maid paid a fine and was 8 days in jail… Maybe she deserved a bigger punishment, but 20 years is a bit too much and it would cost millions to the tax-payer…If Ms. Copeland do not like illegals… she shouldn´t have hired one in the first place…

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  3. With no legal status, no english, no education, and no employment, I wonder how the poor “victim” was able to pay the $1,000 bond?…maybe the sanctuary city has a special coffer just for illegals.
    They definitely made the criminal out to be the victim.
    Maybe the next family she steals from will see her as such a “victim” that they won’t press charges at all…..they’ll just give her their property along with a paycheck.
    liberals have everything backwards and upside down.

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    • MomOfIV . . . . Excellent comments! I would hope that future prospective employers will be aware of Ms Ortega’s background, and will pass on the opportunity to employ her. However, if they are looking to hire an illegal because they can get work done at a cheap price . . . then they deserve whatever happens to them. The very idea that jury’s are circumventing the law in this manner is ridiculous. This points out the very fact that I have mentioned before . . . women often do not think logically when presented by the facts–they think emotionally. This kind of stupidity helps to break down the very fabric of our society. So now this thief will have two illegitimate children that I suppose the taxpayers will be called on to feed, shelter, and provide medical care for. Better that she had been sent back to Mexico. At some point the boat containing “all these needy foreigners” will overwhelm the welfare service divisions. Do we not have more than enough down on their luck native born Americans . . . must we allow the “importation of even more of these individuals?”

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  4. (So why was Ortega’s education, employment and pregnancy status relevant to whether she stole the rings but not her criminal entry into this country?)

    This is all that needs to be said.

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    • JerryO . . . . Amen to that! This is one of the problems with our current legal system. It would seem that prosecutors “selectively include certain details, yet leave out other ones,” so that they get a verdict that they want. Let the entirety of actual facts be damned!

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  6. I am sick and tired of this. Thats the common excuse these days I quit school before high school so you have to pay my way threw life and my children’s until we die!!!

    That jury was tainted and a mistrial should have been awarded.

    If everyone figures this out we will have a world of uneducated lazy entitled thieves dominating the population.

    Remember when good old fashioned hard work and perseverance was admired.

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    • marcella, we are losing our country to the scourge, illegals, the refuse, the uneducated, it won’t be long for us to join the third world status.

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    • Marcella . . . . God Bless you for stating the obvious! It is a travesty that young women allow themselves to become pregnant . . . when they have NO HOPES of being able to care for these children. It is most unfortunate that the stigma regarding having illegitimate children was done away with: my Father had a saying . . . “it is not the child that is illegitimate, it is the parents who are illegitimate!” I think there is great merit in that. How grossly negligent for two people to conceive a child when they have no way, nor intention of caring for that child themselves. Most of us do not even allow our pets to reproduce in a willy-nilly manner, certainly, bringing human babies into the world is on a higher plane that dogs or cats reproducing.
      I certainly do agree with you . . . . “If everyone figures this out we will have a world of uneducated lazy entitled thieves dominating the population.” These are the very ones who will claim their sustenance at the expense of other people’s labor in earning the monies that are shifted to their care. There certainly has been a shift in thinking from the times when . . . “good old fashioned hard work and perseverance was admired.” This change brought about by liberal Progressives has wreaked damnation on our societies.

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  7. Illegal, thief…… teach her responsibility for her actions? She’s pregnant again!!! She’s a scum bag, that’s what was allowed to cross into our country, why would the idiot from Virginia hired her? she unlawfully hired her and she became the victim of theft, her stupidity serves her right. Now we are stuck with this illegal, we have to pay to keep her and the children, no doubt she will become homeless and pregnant again and again. She should be returned to the border and shut the door behind her.

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    • Alma . . . Amen to that! If there were instances of actually returning these parasites to their own countries, perhaps we could stop the flood of more and more of these illegals coming here to live the good life at the financial expense of US taxpayers. They might think twice before taking the risk of crossing into the US illegally . . . but the possibility of “hitting the mother load” for their behavior keeps them coming.

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  8. The criminal is an idiot for dropping out of school after sixth grade. She needs to go home, CROSS HER LEGS, and get some education!

    The victim was an idiot for hiring an (obviously!!) illegal alien to clean her home.

    And the jury was comprised of idiots for… everything else.

    This is what happens when Low-IQers all come together. And I don’t see anyone in this story to like.

    ~ D-FensDogG
    STMcC Presents ‘Battle Of The Bands’

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    • D-FensDogG . . . . Wow! I must congratulate you on such a concise synopsis of this pitiful story. You have addressed the culpability of all involved . . . . the thief; the law breaker who wanted cheap labor, so they broke the law regarding hiring illegals; the “Low-IQ” bleeding heart liberals who circumvented the law via utilizing the principal of “jury nullification.” I certainly do agree . . . A Pox on all their houses! I only wish all the worst for each of them.

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  9. Reblogged this on Roberts Thoughts 2 and commented:

    My personal thought is if Copeland didn’t hire the illegal in the first place it all could have been avoided but that’s just me. Anyways,
    Mendez Ortega was arrested and spent eight days in jail but posted the $1,000 bond and was released. The jury was not told of the woman’s stint in jail and that she was in the country illegally because “it was not relevant to whether she stole the rings.”

    (So why was Ortega’s education, employment and pregnancy status relevant to whether she stole the rings but not her criminal entry into this country?)

    Copeland said she felt the jury should have been told these facts. “I think it’s relevant to the case,” Copeland said.

    “It really irritates me that she came here and committed a felony,” Jeff Copeland told The Washington Post. “People are coming here because there is opportunity here. But when they come here and commit crimes, that’s where you’ve got to draw the line.”

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    • Robert . . . You have really stated the obvious. There is certainly great culpability on the part of Mr and Mrs Copeland. Their personal character trait of “greed and dishonesty,” in that they were willing to hire someone that it was illegal for them to hire because they wanted to save money. In this instance they were flummoxed by another person who also has the character trait of greed and dishonesty. They actually got what they bargained for, and when they got stung, they hollered to high heavens. I would say that since this couple had a total of three house keepers, the INA should visit their home and make an audit as to the immigration status of the remaining two housekeepers. This couple got what they deserved, and they went public to claim their status as a victim. It would only be right if their actions came back to bite them in the butt.

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  10. The scales of justice must be tempered with mercy but not leniency. Certainly not with excuses which make a crime (any crime) nullified. The Bible says Thou Shall Not Steal. There are no qualifications to that so we assume when we face our final judgment there will be no extenuating circumstances. To let people think life contains escape means is not to do them any favors where eternity is concerned.

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    • Youghn . . . . You have just stated something that is profoundly accurate. This young woman has learned nothing from this saga. No doubt she will bumble along and teach her dishonest ways to any and all children she brings into the world. Then will all stand guilty at the time they appear at the Judgement Bar.

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  11. “Thief Relief!”. What a country, eh? Has anybody wondered why the “left” is doing more damage during an alleged “right” administration than they probably would if the Wicked Witch had “won”?

    They don’t seem to have been slowed one whit.

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  12. When is the perp going to be deported? She is here illegally.

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  13. I wonder what is the most HONEST/TRUTHFUL Country in the World.I’m starting to think we may need to remove EVERY Judge and start fresh,with NEW people who don’t have a horse in this race.
    OR-what about some manner of TEST that EVERY Judge would have to take within the coming year,to keep his JOB? It would gauge a Judge’s understanding of America,the Constitution and Bill of Rights,and would open up a Judge’s knowledge of what the Founders MEANT when they wrote it. What they believed back then,and based these Documents on,are as relevant NOW as they were the day they wrote and signed them. They are TIMELESS. Somehow,the original meanings of our Founding Documents have been reinterpreted to alter them to fit an AGENDA,and NOT one to benefit We The People. If a Judge can’t decide matters in a way that adheres to the Founders’ INTENT, (which is quite clearly stated),he or she should NOT be allowed to BE a Judge.
    Just my opinion-but what do I know…..

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    • truck . . . you have revealed a truth that just cannot be denied. Our judicial system has been infiltrated by evil lawyers who mete out justice as they see fit, without regard to the actual laws of our land. I for one want to return to the values of the Founding Fathers, and the tenants of The Constitution of the United States of America, no ifs, no ands, no buts! If you think about it, even in the time of Christ, it was the lawyers, who were supremely dishonest who caused such damage . . . things have not changed so much in our day!

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    • Judges are lawyers that aren’t good at their jobs. Just like teachers often say “if they can’t teach, they make administrators out of them”, it is the same for judges. Many get into it because it positions them for all sorts of bribery and valuable prizes.

      It’s a filthy enterprise. Most of the time the choices for judges are “twiddle-dee and twiddle-dum” (both crooked as a dog’s hind leg).

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  14. Kevin J Lankford

    “Pregnant”…One would think they would want to get her out of her before she gave birth and tried to claim her illegal child was entitled to citizenship. Their are still many who believe in the ‘anchor baby’ lie.

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    • Kevin . . . Amen to that! This notion of giving citizenship to the children of those who are in our country illegally is such a profoundly unwise thing to do; as is the law regarding “chain immigration.” Why would any thinking country allow themselves to be brought down by this kind of activity?

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  15. Reblogged this on kommonsentsjane and commented:

    Reblogged on kommonsentsjane/blogkommonsents.

    This happens every day of the world; but, most people are not lucky enough to get their items back. The person who stole the rings learned one thing with all the compassion that was dripping throughout the court house. If you steal – the jury really said – don’t get caught.

    This is exactly why I don’t have help in my home. This has happened so many times that I felt I came out ahead by not having help because when they do steal their reply is – PROVE IT.

    Disgusting.

    kommonsentsjane

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    • kommonsentsjane . . . . Although, at times I would like to hire people to help with heavy housework . . . I have not done so because as you have pointed out, you leave yourself open to theft. Sometimes, we have in our homes articles that are so priceless, not monetarily, but for sentimental reasons–that they could never be replaced. The theft of these articles would cause irreparable emotional damage to us. As I think about it I have in my possession the very copper hand made tea kettle that my Swedish great grandparents brought over on the voyage from the old country. There are other things that I have that have great sentimental significance to me, but a thief would only see an antique. Better to guard oneself from tragedy, than to take the risk. It is impossible to watch another person every minute they are in your home. I agree it is “Disgusting” to think of predators in one’s own home.

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  16. She has a job. Having babies and collecting our tax money. She should be deported and take her kids with her. We MUST put an end to anchor babies.

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  17. The girl gave the rings back and they still had her arrested. Instead of being good Christians and forgive they want her punished despite that they rings were given back. Well they are not the Jury so they should sit down and shut up……

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    • The American justice system is based on laws not forgiveness nor Christian acts.

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      • I was referring to the wieners who said they were robbed. But since you brought it up the American Justice System does grant leniency such as a suspended sentence; probation in lieu of prison; or the option of drooping charges….In this case she is still a convicted felon. The Jury was lenient and concluded she should not do any time and went the extra mile to take up a collection to pay her fine…..

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      • DCG . . . thank you for pointing out that fact. Our justice system treats many crimes as an action taken against society at large.

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    • True George . . . I read the article, but I did not note that it indicated that this couple were “Christians.” Even the Bible, if you are a Christian, there are various punishments attached to breaking the law. If not on this Earth, then in Eternity. Why should anyone live a life that does not include the breaking of laws . . . if there are no consequences? For all we know, they may have contacted the police before this thief gave them back. In which case the police would be entitled to go ahead with prosecution. This young woman has learned nothing, and since the consequences of this larcenous act were not that dire, why should she change the way she lives her life?

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      • I think she learned her lesson….studies show that punishment is not effective for a person to change or lean from their mistake…..
        So you all you good Americans on this thread has advocated punishment above forgiveness. I’m sure everyone scorns the Islamic ways but they has a clause if the crime victim forgives the perpetrator he is off the hook. Tells me Americans should get off their high horse Police states never survives in the long run…….

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    • she returned the rings AFTER the police were called and lied when they questioned her…so, were the rings returned due to “guilt” or fear?
      also:
      “Memmott said he contacted the case’s public defender and went to the former maid’s home to give her $80, more than enough to pay her $60 fine.”

      -it was never confirmed in the article if she actually paid the fine with the money that was given to her…the only understanding is her final statement in the article:
      ““I became happy when I heard they wanted to give me that (money.) Thank you very much to all of them, God bless them,” she said.”

      -I’m making the assumption she kept the money because she spoke of the money as a possession, not a debt to be paid and made no mention of her debt, only that they gave her money. if she paid her bill with that money, then good for her…but, I doubt it.
      and she didn’t apologize to Mrs. Copeland for stealing and lying…where’s the repentance?

      so, she is in the country illegally, has earned income but doesn’t pay taxes because she is illegal, stole property, lied to employers, lied to police, did not apologize to her victim, probably receives free healthcare and welfare, has a roof over her head even though she is unemployed, is pregnant with her second child that she can’t afford but the taxpayers can…but the jury treated her as the victim?
      so, when does this “victim” stop victimizing others (i.e. taxpayers and american legal system)?
      I, personally, would never hire someone to work for me who is in the country illegally.
      I believe Mr. Copeland’s comments sums it up for me:
      “The punishment was she didn’t get paid for the day she stole from us. But then she did get paid for it. That’s changed my whole view of it.”
      https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/true-crime/wp/2017/12/15/a-maid-stole-some-rings-then-returned-them-a-jury-convicted-her-then-paid-her-fine-was-that-right/?utm_term=.80456ebfb814

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  18. Welcome to the United States of Socialism! Compassion for some these days is just another way of saying “liberalism” I guess. You know what Thatcher said of socialist governments, right? “They always run out of other people’s money.” If we don’t put an end to the exploitation of welfare, this country pretty soon will not fare well at all. Welfare programs should be available exclusively to Americans and those who have immigrated legally and paid taxes. No anchor babies, no illegals, no fake disabled people should be able to even be considered for welfare, let alone receive a dime! The USA needs to put an end to illegal immigration, sanctuary cities and all the rest of the bullcrap that’s killing this country. No more handouts!

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  19. It appears the OJ jury has relocated to Virginia.

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  20. If you like your culture, you can keep your culture.
    – Globalists to anglo US and EU citizens.
    Past time to wtfu.

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  21. Fairfax and the entire Northern Virginia area have become so liberal that they don’t even see the problems they are creating in addition to the ones we already have. The more you give to illegals, the more they expect – no demand. We have to get smart and elect responsible conservative officials. The more we elect liberals, the more liberal our state becomes – Northern Virginia is as liberal as all of Maryland – we will become Maryland if we don’t wise up

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  22. “The general sentiment was she was a victim, too,”
    Perhaps – but a victim of her own bad life decisions – the real victim here is America.

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    • eah . . . . that is absolutely true! America was the victim not only of her actions, but the victim of people who are willing to employ illegals so that they can save money. This couple should be held accountable for their illegal actions.

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