Suspect in Oregon deputy’s death arrested in Mexico

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a Mexican man accused of causing the crash that killed a sheriff’s deputy more than a decade ago.

Oregon State Police say 29-year-old Alfredo de Jesus Ascencio was arrested in Mexico last week.

Marion County Deputy Kelly Fredinburg died in June 2007 when his patrol car was struck by De Jesus Ascencio’s vehicle. De Jesus Ascencio’s cousin, Oscar Ascencio Amaya, also died in the crash.

De Jesus Ascencio was charged with two counts of criminally negligent homicide but fled to Mexico before trial.

Investigators caught up to him in January 2017, but he was mistakenly released a month later.

State police said Oregon prosecutors in 2010 sought to have Mexican authorities prosecute De Jesus Ascencio in that country because it was unlikely he would be extradited to the U.S.