Marion County, OR - Marion County Sheriff's Deputy Kelly Fredinburg was killed on June 16, 2007 by a suspect who fled from justice. On Friday, justice found him.
Deputy Kelly in a traffic crash caused by a driver who crossed the center line and hit him head-on. The driver fled after he was indicted, and was never apprehended. That changed on Friday, January 20, 2017, when the killer was captured.
According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, Deputy Kelly Fredinburg was driving south on Highway 99 East, north of Gervais, with lights and siren activated while responding to a call for assistance from another agency. A vehicle traveling north crossed the center line, and hit his vehicle, which overturned and caught fire. Deputy Fredinburg was pronounced dead at the scene.
There were three occupants in the other vehicle. One of those occupants, age 19, was killed in the crash. The driver, later identified as Alfredo de Jesus Ascencio, was treated at a Portland hospital for critical injuries. He fled to his native Mexico after being charged with two counts of Criminally Negligent Homicide. The Oregon State Police was in charge of the investigation.
In 2010, Oregon prosecutors said that they would allow Ascencio to be prosecuted in Mexico if he were caught due to limitations in the extradition treaty between the United States and Mexico. This is known as an Article 4 prosecution. Oregon State Troopers then traveled to Mexico, filed the appropriate paperwork for the Article 4, and gave authorities a copy of the case file in Spanish. The case went before a Mexican federal judge for review, who approved the warrant to be issued. Since then, the Oregon State Police, the Marion County District Attorney's Office, and the FBI have coordinated efforts in locating Ascencio.
Interpol joined the investigation and began looking for Ascencio. Time passed with no justice for Deputy Kelly Fredinburg. That is, until January 20, 2017. According to a news release from the Oregon State Police, information was received that Ascencio had been arrested in the Mexican state of Puebla on an arrest warrant for the murder of Deputy Fredinburg and the passenger that was killed. He is in custody in Mexico while the Article 4 process continues.
Marion County Sheriff Jason Myers said about the arrest, "It has been nearly 10 years since the tragic loss of Deputy Kelly Fredinburg. While no one has ever given up hope that the individual responsible for this tragedy would be apprehended, it has been an emotional, trying and difficult journey to reach this point. I would like to thank the Marion County District Attorney's Office and the Oregon State Police for their tenacity with this investigation. I also express my heartfelt condolences to the Fredinburg family, as this capture may bring relief, but also a renewed sense of loss. My sincere hope is for justice and healing as this case proceeds ahead."
Deputy Kelly Fredinburg had served with the Marion County Sheriff's Office for ten months before he was killed and had previously served with the Polk County Sheriff's Office for eight years. At the time of his death, he was 33-years-old and was survived by his wife, two daughters, parents, brother, sister, and grandmother.
Justice is finally coming for Alfredo de Jesus Ascencio. May his family finally get some closure. We'd like to thank every law enforcement officer who worked tirelessly on this case to bring him to justice.
Deputy Kelly Fredinburg, your life mattered.
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