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Dad who fled with son to Mexico gets prison time

Posted December 10, 2012

— A man convicted in October of kidnapping his 2-year-old and fleeing with him to Mexico six years ago was sentenced Monday to five to six years in prison.

Jorge Aguilera was found guilty Oct. 27 of three counts of first-degree kidnapping and one count each of first-degree burglary and second-degree kidnapping in the Oct. 1, 2006, abduction of his son, Edwin Gonzales.

Sentencing, however, was delayed until Monday, because, at the time of Aguilera's conviction, authorities still had not been able to find the boy. Prosecutors had hoped Aguilera would reveal his son's whereabouts in return for leniency in sentencing.

Edwin, now 9, was finally reunited with his mother, Florentina Coria, last month.

Chatham County Assistant District Attorney Kayley Taber had asked Superior Court Judge Elaine Bushfan for a minimum prison sentence of 20 years for his actions.

"She has had no contact with her child the whole time," Taber said. "You don't punish a mother by taking her child. That's not appropriate. That's not what we do in a civilized society."

Authorities say Aguilera and several men broke into Coria's home wearing ski masks and latex gloves, tied her up with duct-tape, took the boy and threatened to kill him if she called police.

"This is not a child custody case," she said. "This is a domestic violence case."

Taber said Aguilera used his other family members and friends in Mexico to move Edwin around for the past six years without any education or any dental or medical care.

Dad who fled with son to Mexico gets prison time Dad who fled with son to Mexico gets prison time

"He is basically functioning on the level of a kindergartener," Taber said. "He can count to 40, say his ABCs. He cannot read."

During sentencing Monday, Coria said her son is in school and working to transition to a new family and life that he is just getting to know.

"He thought I gave him away," she said through a translator. "He's suffering."

Coria said her son is sad and that she is working to get him into therapy.

"I want what's best for him," she said. "I'm working with him right now, trying to forget what happened."

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  • alwaysCool Dec 12, 6:30 p.m.

    Why was the father charged??? Since they were not married, they both had joint custody. Yea, he was a sorry father for not providing education, but, in many countries, even that is not forced. He may have been following the law of his Barrio. Medical is the same. We take that all our rules apply, they do not. I personally think that its time to take the English language back.

  • alwaysCool Dec 12, 6:21 p.m.

    She has been here well over and needs an interperter!! Call the cops for help but she does not want to learn the languague. How can she help her son? Since he is a US citizen. Take him away from her.

  • storchheim Dec 11, 6:09 p.m.

    " Get a grip people. No official language exists at the federal level. This country is a melting pot and that is a reason why it is so great." self-advertiser

    This country has become a garbage pail and it's no longer great.

  • ncouterbanks69 Dec 11, 5:12 p.m.

    I may be a little prejudiced, because I AM an interpreter in the courtroom, thanks to the Title VI Act of 1964 and most recently, a DOJ filing against the State of NC for not providing ENOUGH interpreters.

    Your job should not be necessary at all. You could find work for diplomats etc but no way should we have to spend money on criminals who can not speak english.

  • ncouterbanks69 Dec 11, 4:52 p.m.

    as long as our govt allows the criminal immigrant population to grow and thrive in this country we will continue to see crime such as this and much worse. these criminals have no respect for us or our culture , they are here for one thing money , and all the freebies our tax dollars can pay for.

    Someone on golo gets it!

  • latigrita Dec 11, 4:15 p.m.

    I am amazed at how an article about a violent kidnapping suddenly turns into a tirade about interpreters in courtrooms and immigration.

    I may be a little prejudiced, because I AM an interpreter in the courtroom, thanks to the Title VI Act of 1964 and most recently, a DOJ filing against the State of NC for not providing ENOUGH interpreters.

    **Discuss**

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Dec 11, 2:41 p.m.

    aren the parental rights the same for both parties?

    Yes.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Dec 11, 2:35 p.m.

    The dad got exactly what he deserved; 5 to 6 years in prison. May the mother and her son reconnect and not have to worry about this man. I wishs them both the very best.

  • bngexpress Dec 11, 2:25 p.m.

    as long as our govt allows the criminal immigrant population to grow and thrive in this country we will continue to see crime such as this and much worse. these criminals have no respect for us or our culture , they are here for one thing money , and all the freebies our tax dollars can pay for.

  • workinghuman33 Dec 11, 1:21 p.m.

    geesh.... the bigots are out today-NiceNSmooth"

    I do not have hatred nor intolerance for illegals. I do however have huge concern with the state of our economy. I am tired of hearing about entitlements and folks wanting hand outs...I don't have a problem with folks paying into our system that need a leg up from time to time. I do however have a problem with thousands of American citizens not being able to receive health care because they either can't afford insurance or have pr-existing conditions...but any illegal can be treated for free...as our health care costs go up. There are 4 million people waiting to get into our country LEGALLY but can't due to the 20 million illegals already here. 5 million of which are on some sort of federal assistance. You may call it bigotry...which is not accurate...I call it being concerned about millions draining our economic system that may well leave tax paying Americans homeless & hungry.

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