On July 18, 2004 Brandon Haley, 31, was killed by drunk driving illegal alien Lazardo Lobaton,, who also left the scene of the accident, on Old Highway 68 near Siloam Springs, AK. Haley and another man were riding bicycles at the time. The friend, who was not injured, saw the truck and warned Haley, reports said.
Lobaton and another man were returning from a liquor store in Oklahoma after drinking alcohol all night when the accident occurred.
The Democrat-Gazette said authorities believe Lobaton likely traveled back to Mexico for about six months following the accident, and then returned to the U.S. It took federal agents two years to track Lobaton who is believed to have fled back into Mexico but again illegally re-entered the US to work construction.
Marshal Marty Keely, a spokesman for the U.S. Marshals Service, Northern District of Alabama, told The
Decatur Daily that Lazardo Lobaton, 25, was arrested in Benton County, AK and is in jail on negligent manslaughter charges.
Keely said marshals executed a search warrant in Florida recently but Lobaton eluded capture.
“We recently received information that he was living in Decatur,” Keely said.
Keely said the U.S. marshal’s Gulf Coast Fugitive Task Force, agents of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Department and three units of the Decatur Police Department raided an apartment at 601 Seventh Ave. S.W. at 5 a.m. on Dec. 14.
“They entered the apartment and found Lobaton and 10 other individuals living there,” Keely said.
Keely said they did not arrest any of Lobaton’s roommates.
The paper said INS agreed to allow Benton County the first opportunity to press charges against the suspect.
Chief Investigator Mike Corley of the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department said Friday that Lobaton does not face any criminal charges locally.
Brandon Haley leaves a wife and three children, ages 2, 5 and 7.
In September 2007 Lazaro Andrade Lobaton was sentenced to 10 years in prison for manslaughter in the death of Brandon Haley.
Riding with Haley that day was Roger Holroyd, who made a statement Wednesday before Lobaton in the courtroom of Benton County Circuit Judge David Clinger.
"Witnessing the accident was the most terrifying moment of my life. I was riding so close to Brandon that I was spattered from head to toe with his blood," Holroyd said. "There is no way you can understand how scared and lonely I was after you abandoned us and left Brandon to die with me unable to help ... or the anguish in the voices of the people I had to call that morning."
Following the hearing, Holroyd expressed frustration Lobaton can first seek parole in less than one year, having already served 10 months in jail.
"Those laws need to be changed," he said. "(Lobaton's) actions ... were violent in the extreme and (his) decision to run rather than stay to help us was absolutely deliberate."