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Charges: Milwaukee father took blame for son's fatal hit-run

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This photo released by the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office shows Juan Silva Jr. Last week, prosecutors …

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A judge on Monday vacated the sentence of a Milwaukee man who spent more than a year in prison before admitting he took the blame for a fatal hit-and-run to protect his son.

Juan G. Silva Sr., now 45, had been sentenced to five years in prison, based on his confession. Under oath Monday, he told the true story in court, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1JqjWnN ) reported.

Silva turned himself in to police the day after the September 2013 crash outside a tavern, which killed a pedestrian and injured another. He told police he had faulty windshield wipers and remembered hitting something. The father eventually pleaded guilty to hit-and-run involving death and was sentenced in May 2014.

But on Thursday, prosecutors charged his son, 22-year-old Juan G. Silva Jr., with the crime. The son faces three felony counts, including hit-and-run involving death, and is due back in court Aug. 3.

In late June, a co-worker of the father's wife told police the woman said her husband was behind bars for a hit-and-run he didn't commit to keep their son free.

A police officer started investigating which crash the co-worker was talking about and determined it was the 2013 crash that killed 39-year-old Juan R. Zapata-Guerrero, a father of three.

This photo released by the Wisconsin Department of Corrections shows Juan G. Silva. The Milwaukee ma …

Interviewed in prison, the elder Silva admitted the truth, according to the complaint. The younger Silva then acknowledged he was the driver and that his father had lied, the complaint said.

On Monday, Milwaukee County Civil Court Judge Timothy Dugan — the same judge who had sentenced the elder Silva — vacated the father's sentence. Dugan said while being untruthful in a courtroom is serious, it was best to release the father so attention can shift solely to his son.

Assistant District Attorney Grant Huebner said last week he does not expect to file new charges related to the deception.

The senior Silva could be released from jail in the next few days, said his attorney, Hans Koesser.

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This gives renewed meaning to the idea of "I'd do anything for my children."


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06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

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This story line was used in an episode of Blue Bloods not too long ago. I can't remember exactly when it aired, but the story line was the same. In the Blue Bloods episode, the Father had been drinking and the son was driving him home. The son hit a girl in the street and left the scene. Once out of sight of the accident area, the Father swapped places in the car with the son and drove back to the accident scene and took the blame for hitting the girl to protect his son who was a baseball star in his school with a chance at making the pros.

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is Milwaukee a sanctuary city? why wasn't the father turned over to ICE for a deportation hearing? sheesh !


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is Milwaukee a sanctuary city? why wasn't the father turned over to ICE for a deportation hearing? sheesh !

Where does it say that he is here illegally or is that the assumption you make of any Hispanic that commits a crime?

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Where does it say that he is here illegally or is that the assumption you make of any Hispanic that commits a crime?

I had to just check myself to make sure I wasn't half-illegal right now.

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Where does it say that he is here illegally or is that the assumption you make of any Hispanic that commits a crime?

careful, thats a huge stretch. I asked pointed questions about 1 city and 1 human.


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careful, thats a huge stretch. I asked pointed questions about 1 city and 1 human.

Then answer the first part. Where does it say that he is here without authorization?

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Then answer the first part. Where does it say that he is here without authorization?

ooh ooh - did I punch a button? Sorry Maves - but - lets find out together, aye? You call the DA's office, I'll call the jail and both of us report back, when able.

Deal ?


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No. The deal is that jumping to conclusions is only good for hyperbolic snarkiness, aye?

Mostly, that only works at band camp, aye?

We are here, instead, for the real funsies ! :D


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