Andres Cachu freed decades earlier by arrested woke reforms
A California murderer who was freed under woke reforms just five years after his 50-year-to-life sentence began has been arrested again – charged with leading cops in a car chase as he was drugged and carrying a gun, according to prosecutors who helped free him.
Andres Cachu was a 17-year-old mobster in 2015 when he fatally shot Louis Amela, 41, during a robbery in Los Angeles, according to court documents obtained by Fox News.
He was tried as an adult and sentenced in 2016 to 50 years to life in prison, the Los Angeles Times noted.
However, that same year, California introduced Proposition 57, a sweeping criminal justice reform that prohibited prosecutors from trying minors as adults without a judge’s approval — and for those who had been seeking more lenient penalties.
Cachu sought a new sentence last year, after the appointment of progressive Los Angeles County prosecutor George Gascón, who declared his opposition to trying minors as adults, the LA Times reported.
Her case was handled by Alisa Blair, a former public defender hired by Gascón who hailed her as “an ally of the criminal justice reform movement,” the LA Times said.
Blair did not seek a court hearing to try to keep Cachu in jail and he was released last year, the local newspaper reported.
Cachu, now 25, was arrested again Tuesday night after sheriff’s deputies found him slumped over the wheel of a parked vehicle, Gascon’s office confirmed Thursday.
Officers woke the released murderer by tapping on his window – noting he ‘appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance’ and allegedly had ‘a gun in his waistband’, the prosecutor’s office said.
Cachu fled, driving the wrong way on a freeway before crashing, according to the criminal complaint. During the chase, he allegedly abandoned the gun, which was later found by deputies, a spokesperson told Fox News.
“He was obviously under the influence,” the spokesperson told Fox News, adding that deputies also found “numerous drugs” in the vehicle.
Cachu was charged with 11 counts, including felony fleeing a pursuing peace officer’s motor vehicle and driving against the grain, possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a substance. controlled with a firearm.
He was also charged with two counts of possession to sell methamphetamine and cocaine, as well as driving under the influence of a drug.
The charges “also include allegations that Cachu was previously convicted as a minor,” the prosecutor’s office said.
Gascon’s office confirmed his controversial release saying: “We are disappointed to learn that Mr. Cachu has not availed himself of the support he so clearly needs.
“We are frustrated to see him struggling,” the office said.
Prosecutors accused the release of following California law in reviewing his murder conviction “where he was convicted as an adult when he committed the crime as a minor.”
The office insisted that it had requested that Cachu be remanded in custody rather than released, but “that request was denied”.
However, it’s unclear whether that would have kept him locked up, as the juvenile system generally doesn’t detain people over the age of 25. Cachu turned 25 in May.
The new arrest has outraged the family of Amela, the man murdered by Cachu.
“He should never have come out on the street,” family attorney Kathy Cady told Fox News Digital on Thursday. “The only reason he was on the streets was because of Gascon politics and his hand-picked surrogate, Alisa Blair, refused to present evidence…in court.”
This is not the first time that a person released under Proposition 57 has been arrested again.
Earlier this year, Victor Bibiano – a 30-year-old man who was convicted of murder in adult court as a teenager – was arrested for fatally shooting a homeless man.
Jonathan Hatami, an assistant Los Angeles district attorney who has backed efforts to have Gascon recalled, said the “18-month-long woke prosecutor’s social experiment was a dismal failure.”
“We in Los Angeles are less safe and many innocent Angelenos have suffered,” Hatami told Fox.
“George simply doesn’t care about public safety, families or innocent children and he should be deported as soon as possible.”
Blair declined to comment on Cachu’s arrest to the LA Times, which noted that she was leaving her post at the end of the month.
“Alisa will always be an ally in the movement for criminal justice reform,” Gascon said, saying he was “incredibly grateful for Alisa’s partnership and service over the past few years.”
Blair praised Gascón and said she was grateful for the opportunity “to bring restorative justice diversion pathways for youth to the largest prosecuting agency in the world.”