The suspect in the shooting at Dallas Methodist Hospital cut off his ankle monitor earlier this year, breaking his parole terms for a second time.
But the state parole board told his jailers to let him go after 100 days, according to law enforcement sources who told East County Gazette on Tuesday about the release.
First Detained Nestor Hernandez
During an investigation into a minor collision in March, Dallas police first detained Nestor Hernandez, 30, for a parole violation. Then, in April, he was turned over to his parole officer, according to Dallas police.
After Hernandez disconnected his own ankle monitor, Carrollton police detained him in June for a parole violation, according to law enforcement sources who spoke to East County Gazette.
Isuued Full Extradition Warrant
A “full extradition warrant” was issued against him by the Texas Pardon and Parole Board when Carrollton police officers came upon him at an apartment complex.
On June 17, Hernandez was stopped by two Carrollton police officers who also verified his warrant. The Dallas County Jail was then booked for Hernandez after he was transferred to the Carrollton jail and given to his parole officer.
Authorities from the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles said on Tuesday that Hernandez was taken into custody because he may have broken a condition of his parole that he use electronic monitoring.
Decides to Put Him Back in Jail
According to the authorities, a parole board panel heard Hernandez’s case on June 28. The panel decided to put him back in jail in a “secure Intermediate Sanction Facility,” according to the police.
Between his spells in the Dallas County Jail and the state’s Intermediate Sanction Facility (ISF), a holding facility for terms of not less than 60 days and not more than 180 days, Hernandez spent a total of 100 days, according to parole authorities.
The Board defers to the detaining agency (TDCJ) for the precise term for each offender as long as it is within certain timelines, they noted.
Authorities said on Monday that Hernandez was once again freed from state custody in September on the condition that he wear an ankle monitor.
Hernandez was discharged from the ISF on September 28, according to sources who spoke to WFAA on Tuesday.
This new evidence, which was made public on Tuesday, clarifies how Hernandez, a violent offender with a history of arrests, managed to be present at Methodist Hospital when his girlfriend gave birth to their child.
Hernandez, who was sentenced to eight years in prison for aggravated robbery in 2015, was reportedly freed for parole on October 21, 2021, with the specific requirement of electronic ankle monitoring.
Also verified by TDCJ was Hernandez’s “approval to be at the hospital with his significant other during the birth [of their kid].” Sources have told WFAA that he was wearing his ankle monitor at Methodist Hospital when the incident happened.
According to his arrest warrant from Dallas Police, Hernandez started “acting suspiciously” in the hospital, and claimed his partner had cheated on him. The warrant claims that the suspect quickly began looking around the room to check whether anybody else was there.
Produced a Revolver
According to the complaint, Hernandez then produced a revolver and repeatedly struck his girlfriend in the head with it, according to the complaint.
After that, according to the search warrant, Hernandez began having “ominous” phone conversations and sending texts to his relatives. He also allegedly informed his girlfriend that “we are both going to die today” and that “anyone who comes into this room is going to die with us.”
Eddie Garcia, who is in charge of the Dallas Police Department, has said that the way Hernandez’s case was handled was “an appalling breakdown of our criminal justice system.”
Garcia Expressed Anger for the System Treated Hernandez
This is about continuing to give violent offenders more opportunities than our victims, Garcia added. “The terms of his parole were broken twice: first in March, when he was rereleased on an ankle monitor, and once in June, when he disconnected his ankle monitor.
He spent 100 days in detention before being released back under supervision with an ankle monitor that twice failed to function.
When do we realise that violent people have had enough opportunities? That the remaining period of your sentence must be served? “
Further, he said, “I believe that for serious offenders, ankle monitors are ineffective. In this instance, it obviously did not work. Regarding dangerous offenders, they are
Eye on Violent Offenders
They unquestionably assist those who abide by the law, but it is difficult to keep an eye on violent offenders. We have a person here who broke the law three times: once in March, once in June, and once again with the tragedy he experienced last weekend.
When a criminal is seen in the same area where they have committed crimes, nobody in the neighbourhood feels relieved. “
Toby Shook, a former Dallas County prosecutor, claims that Hernandez’s criminal background meant that the 2015 offence should have received a minimum sentence of 25 years and that the eight-year plea deal was absurd.
“It’s unclear why they did it, but it’s evident that it allowed him a way to get out of jail early — and, given his violent past, that’s a very hazardous thing for the public,” said Shook. It’s really not that difficult. You have a person who has a lengthy history of using violence. He’s going to conduct more violent crimes, by your logic. “