Bautista released from prison 'with no restrictions' 2 months before arrest

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by Dillon Collier / KENS 5

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Posted on January 9, 2014 at 6:40 PM

SAN ANTONIO -- When Christian Bautista walked out of a state correctional facility on October 29, 2013, he had no restrictions to his freedom, according to a spokesperson for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Bautista, 29, served his full five-year sentence for a 2008 conviction for aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon, meaning he did not fall under the guidelines for parole or community supervision.

Bautista was arrested January 4 and charged with murder in the stabbing death of 24-year-old Lauren Bump.

Bump's body was found New Year's Eve along a trail at O.P. Schnabel Park.

San Antonio Police investigators said Bump and Bautista did not know each other.

"Obviously there was much more that could have been done with him," said Bexar County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson.

In 2008, Adkisson pushed for the formation of the Bexar County Re-Entry Council, which offers services to people released from jail or prison to help prevent repeat offenses.

In Bexar County, more than 75 percent of people who go to jail end up back behind bars at some point.

Adkisson said the council targets around 30 percent of inmates whose crimes are considered "minor".

Bautista's criminal history started with misdemeanor arrests, but grew more serious over time.

Adkisson said Bautista could have asked for assistance after he was released from jail, but those services are not mandatory.

Instead, Adkisson said each return trip to jail and then prison appeared to harden Bautista.

"They can learn worse things to do when they get out, beating us up, ripping us off and in this case killing people. That's just not acceptable," said Adkisson.

Jail records also indicate Bautista spent time in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

A detainer was placed on Bautista in 2006 while he was at the Bexar County Jail, but it appears he was not deported.

A spokeswoman for ICE said it could take several more days before the agency is able to release details from Bautista's immigration file.

ICE officials said Wednesday Bautista is in the United States legally, but in the past his citizenship status was "up in the air".

 

 

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