Illegal Immigrant Granted Bond After Deadly Hit & Run

There will be a candle light vigil Tuesday evening in memory of a 21-year old man killed by a hit and run driver who is in the country illegally.  

Brandon Wesson was knocked off his motorcycle early Sunday morning when he was struck by a pickup truck driven by 48-year old Victor Villanueva Rivera.  Boynton Beach Police say the man kept driving, dragging the bike along the way.  He told cops that he had no drivers license because he is undocumented.  

A judge has granted Villanueva Rivera $35,000 bond. 

Sheriff Ric Bradshaw told us last year that his agency follows the ruling of a federal judge back in 2014 that they can't hold an inmate if a judge orders that person to be released.  He said his office notifies Immigration and Customs Enforcement, in case the feds want to deport them.

We reached out to the South Florida ICE office and they had not issued a detainer for Villanueva Rivera as of late in the day on Monday.  

The man's lawyer told the judge that he's been here for 27 years with no criminal history and has seven kids, all  in the U.S.  

Officials at the State Attorney's Office tell us that a local judge may consider a defendant's immigration status for the purposes of bond, but it is up to them as to whether they grant it.

Photo: CBS 12

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