On Monday, Jose Orlando Campuzano-Miranda was sentenced to a mere 10.5 years after he was found guilty on 27 different charges for his involvement in the invasion of three Tucson homes back in May. Six people, including a minor beneath the age of twelve, had their lives changed forever when they were held up at gun point and threatened in Spanish as the contents of their homes were taken three illegal aliens.
According to the defense attorney for Campuzano-Miranda, the home invasions were committed during a time that his client was under the influence of a crystal meth stupor.
In April, Daniel Jupa-Fino was found guilty for his role in the home invasions and was sentenced to a mere 7.5 years. Jupa-Fino, a convicted smuggler, had been deported 12 times when he was arrested in May 2015 for the home invasions.
Jupa-Fino first made headlines in 2013, when he was arrested in Pinal County for smuggling marijuana. At the time of his 2013 arrest, Jupa-Fino, age 21, from Sonora, Mexico had been previously deported 11 times during a three year period for illegal entry into the United States. He received a sentence of 2.5 years in that case.
Pima County Superior Court Judge Kenneth Lee Campuzano-Miranda concurrent sentences on the 27 separate charges. The victims were hoping for a maximum sentencing of over sixty years, while some were hoping for at least a sentence of 30 years; five for each victim affected by the crimes.
Campuzano-Miranda’s defense attorney criticized what he referred to as the “so-called” victims, for not showing up to the sentencing. In his abusive diatribe, he questioned their reliability and character as he tried to portray the defendant as a good guy.
Campuzano-Miranda was portrayed as being a man, who had already been deported once, but had an eight-year old daughter back in Mexico whom he took care of primarily on his own. The attorney noted that he also formerly attended AA meetings. His attorney also mentioned that he had been to a trade school and had been looking to become an accountant prior to his involvement in drugs.
While the defense attorney was painting Campuzano-Miranda as the picture of potential propriety and attacking the victims of these crimes, who could not defend themselves, Judge Lee did not say anything. Instead he gave a blank stare towards the attorney.
The prosecutor failed to represent the victims. In fact, she failed to read one victim’s statement into the record. It reads:
My family and I are hopeful that since you’ve listened to the evidence, heard from witnesses, heard from victims as well as seen the forensics that tie this defendant (Mr. Campuzano-Miranda) to the very serious back-to back home invasions, you will sentence this defendant to a minimum 30 years in prison. We heard the unanimous guilty decision on all 27 felony counts by the jury. 27 felonies committed on two residences. 27 felonies involving 6 victims–one being a minor child. This was a terrible night for all of us victims.
He was one of three Mexican Nationals who broke into our home that was located near Salpointe Catholic High School. It wasn’t Mr. Campuzano-Miranda by himself. There were three together. Each of the three defendant’s carried a gun of some sort and we were held, face down on the floor with one of those guns to our heads not knowing whether we would live or die that night. They screamed at us in Spanish, of which we had no understanding of what they were screaming as they pistol-whipped the back of our heads, robbed us of our wallets, car keys, cell phones and other electronics in our home. Upon departing our home a bullet was fired into the floor of our home. Perhaps we were all lucky that night that no one was killed, but next time if the situation presents itself to Mr. Campuzano-Miranda, the next victims might not be as lucky.
These are three dangerous adults who busted into our home by kicking down the door after midnight. People like Mr. Campuzano-Miranda should not be allowed to get away with a slap on the wrist sentence of seven years. That would be just over 1 year for each victim of that evening’s home invasions. Tucson needs to feel safe. They need to know that when criminals like Campuzano-Miranda are caught that they are punished for the crime, the trauma, the chaos, the fear of death that we, as victims, had that night and they need to be kept off the streets for a very long time so that they don’t go and victimize anyone else. Five years minimum, per victim who was impacted that night, is a good starting point. Should you find it appropriate to give more than that, you have my support.
The prosecutor only recited the facts of the case but did explicitly mention the existence of the minor victim – an aggravating factor – in this case. While she failed to share the victim’s’ wishes, she did remind the court that Jupa-Fino only received the 7.5 year sentence.
After the sentencing, Stephanie Adamson, the mother of one of the victims in this case, said that she was informed by Francisco Padilla of Victim’s Affairs, that the inclusion of a minor victim was an aggravating factor that would eliminate the chance that the sentences would run concurrently.
The third man in this case has yet to be sentenced. In light of the short sentences of the other two invaders, it can be assumed that he will receive no less than 7.5, the amount Jupa-Fino was given and no more than the 10.5 years Campuzano-Miranda received.
Mrs. Adamson described herself as “very disheartened.” She worries when these men will be let back on the streets to potentially do it all over again.
Campuzano-Miranda, who also has a criminal record in his home country of Mexico, will likely only serve 85 percent of his 10.5 year sentence. He will surely be back out on U.S. streets. The families that were affected by this man now wonder how many more like him are out there, and who will be the next victim.