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Offline Jeff1857

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Nelson Serrano - FL DR
« on: April 06, 2009, 11:29:14 AM »
MIAMI Ecuador's government demanded on Monday the return of a man on Florida's death row for killing four people and said he should have never been taken from the South American country, calling it a "kidnapping."

Ecuadorean officials have decried the treatment of former businessman and dual U.S. and Ecuador citizen Nelson Serrano Saenz, claiming he was beaten and secretly held in a dog kennel. The officials sent a letter to the U.S. State Department last month but said they haven't yet received a response.

"The issue is not his guilt or innocence," said Deputy Ecuadorean Interior Minister Franco Sanchez. "This is called a kidnapping, not an arrest."

Ecuador has no death penalty and will not extradite fugitives who face the punishment in other countries. U.S. authorities maintained Serrano's status as a U.S. citizen allowed them to bring him back.

Serrano, 70, was convicted of killing four people in a Polk County factory in 1997 over a business relationship gone sour. He was living in Ecuador when he was arrested in 2002.

Ecuador maintains Florida officials bribed police there to help capture Serrano, and that he was kept overnight at the Quito airport in a dog kennel to avoid detection. They also say he was beaten so badly a flight attendant tried to stop him from boarding the plane until an assistant state attorney and a law enforcement agent from Florida intervened.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement agent Tommy Ray, who brought Serrano back to Florida, called the allegations absurd.

"There was no bribe," he told The Associated Press on Monday. Ray said he and others gave Ecuadorean police about $300 to reimburse them for gas, meals and documentation. He also said Serrano was injured only when he tried to flee at the last minute and he was kept overnight in an office, not a dog kennel.

The human rights arm of the Organization of American States, to which both countries belong, concluded the Ecuadorean government illegally detained and deported Serrano. The commission has since recommended the case to the Inter-American Human Court of Human Rights in Costa Rica.

Ecuador plans to present its letter to the Florida Supreme Court, where Serrano's appeal will likely be heard later this year. The government also has hired Miami-based immigration attorney Marcia Silvers to replace Serrano's court-appointed lawyer.

Sanchez said it has taken the Ecuadorean government so long to press for Serrano's release because it was not until a new administration took over the country two years ago that cases like Serrano's were reviewed. He said his government is still investigating the actions of several police and customs officials involved in the case. Ecuador also has enacted new regulations to clarify its deportation procedures.

He got to live there 5yrs after he committed these murders and escaped back to Ecuador. He is exactly where he should be.

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Re: Ecuador Demands Return of Nelson Serrano FL DR in 4 1997 Murders
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2009, 11:39:37 AM »
I agree with you Jeff. Im wondering why Ecuador does something in his favour? He hsa the us citizenship too?

Im not sure if theres a hell, but I believe in executed murderers.

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Re: Ecuador Demands Return of Nelson Serrano FL DR in 4 1997 Murders
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2009, 02:37:28 PM »
I don't give a rat's butt about what Ecuador or what any "human rights" organizations have to say. They can boo-fricking-hoo all they want!  :'(

If you do a crime on US soil, you do the time. I don't care what country you are from or if you are a US native.

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Re: Nelson Serrano - FL DR
« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2010, 12:28:50 PM »
Death row inmate appeals sentence in Bartow shootings

TALLAHASSEE - A businessman with dual U.S.-Ecuadorian citizenship is appealing his death sentence and four murder convictions to the Florida Supreme Court.

A lawyer hired by Ecuador's government Tuesday argued Nelson Serrano's conviction should be reversed on several grounds but focused on alleged prosecutorial misconduct.

Two Ecuadorian officials were on hand. Serrano also claims he was illegally "kidnapped" from the South American nation in 2002.

Ecuador does not allow the extradition of fugitives facing the death penalty. The state contends his return to Florida was legal because he is a U.S. citizen.

Serrano was convicted of shooting to death his former business partner George Gonsalves, 69; Frank Dosso, 35, and daughter, Diane Patisso, 28; and George Patisso, 26, who was Diane Patisso's husband. All were shot inside the Erie Manufacturing building in Bartow just after 5 p.m. on Dec. 3, 1997.

Serrano, Gonsalves and Phil Dosso had been partners in Erie Manufacturing and Garment Conveyor Systems. The companies worked together to provide equipment and movement systems for businesses that worked with lots of clothing.

The partners had a falling-out over money and control of the businesses in the months before the killings. The other two partners pushed Serrano out of both businesses in June 1997.

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Re: Nelson Serrano - FL DR
« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2011, 11:03:09 AM »

Thursday March 17, 2011

Fla. Supreme Court affirms Serrano's sentence

Mar 17, 2011 1:34pm

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) The Florida Supreme Court has affirmed the murder convictions and death sentence of a dual U.S.-Ecuadorean citizen charged with killing four people at a Bartow factory in 1997.

The court on Thursday said in a 45-page opinion that none of the issues he raised on appeal merited overturning the 72-year-old's sentence. One of those issues was that the state's case was based on circumstantial evidence.

Serrano had been convicted of the shooting deaths of four people in what prosecutors described as a business deal gone bad.

The victims were Frank Dosso, 35; his sister, Diane Patisso, 28; her husband, George Patisso Jr., 26, and a business partner, George Gonsalves, 69.

Serrano raised nine issues on appeal, including that the state's circumstantial evidence wasn't enough to convict him. His defense was that he was in an Atlanta hotel room suffering from a migraine headache when the killings occurred.

The court's opinion, however, noted that fingerprint evidence placed him at the Orlando airport on Dec. 3, 1997, the day of the murders.

The court also mentioned a taped interview with police the day after the murders in which Serrano said Diane Patisso must have "walked in the middle of something" a fact that hadn't been released to the public.

Serrano's comment suggests that she "was not the target of the crime, but rather a witness who had to be eliminated," the court said.

Moreover, Serrano had said he felt like killing Gonsalves, and Serrano had access to the kind of gun used to kill the victims, the opinion said. The three men were shot execution-style.

Dosso and the Patisso couple were related to another business partner in the conveyor-system factory where the murders took place.

Friction between the partners developed in the 1990s, resulting in a lawsuit and Serrano being locked out by the other partners.

Serrano was living in Ecuador when he was arrested in 2002. Seven years later, Ecuador's government had demanded his return, saying Florida police kidnapped him from that country in a dog kennel. Ecuador has no death penalty.

All seven justices concurred in the per curiam decision, a legal term referring to an opinion of the whole court.

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Photo : The murderer Nelson Serrano >:(