“Ceseña was arrested by Imperial police,” said District Attorney Gilbert Otero, “when he got arrested he (Ceseña) said, ‘I’ve got a heart condition,’ (so) he’s trying to get off from being admitted into jail.”
According to court documents, Ceseña had a heart condition and was released on his own recognizance in October so he could get medical attention in San Diego, a move that angered the Montaño family.
“I hope that he’s (Ceseña) booked into jail and that he is charged with what he has pending, which is a murder charge and that there is a trial pretty soon,” said the victim’s sister Sonia Montaño, who noted she’s optimistic that Ceseña will be booked into county jail.
Otero said he feels the same since Ceseña “hasn’t had any complications, so I don’t see why he shouldn’t be in custody. Originally, when he was arrested, the doctors gave us all these medical theories of what might be the problem with him; well, those didn’t pan out.”
However, Otero noted the final decision on whether the accused is admitted in jail is made by the Sheriff’s Office.
By Friday afternoon it hadn’t been decided if Ceseña was going to be booked into county jail pending medical tests.
“The chances of him being released are probably pretty slim,” said Sheriff Ray Loera, though he noted that Ceseña “will have to go through medical screenings and then we’ll go from there.”
The sheriff couldn’t specify how long it would take to get the medical screenings processed.
But if Ceseña is booked into county jail he could be arraigned either Tuesday or Wednesday, said Otero.
Ceseña, who police said had fathered a child with the victim’s fiancé, has a record of domestic violence and has been accused of transporting and possessing methamphetamine for sale.
He could face a life sentence if convicted, Otero said.
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