Tucson fugitive isn't a fugitive after all

2013-01-30T11:03:00Z 2013-01-30T14:00:20Z Tucson fugitive isn't a fugitive after allBy Kim Smith Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
January 30, 2013 11:03 am  • 

This morning, the Star reported Albert Canez committed suicide in jail and his brother, Julian Canez, is a fugitive in an attempted murder case.

Well, it turns out Julian is in prison and he's been in prison since Dec. 31 for violating his parole.

First some background: On Dec. 22,  Tucson police got a call about a shooting at a house near South Sixth Avenue and East Palmdale Street.

A man got into a confrontation with Julian and Albert and officers were told Albert grabbed the victim's gun and fired, striking him twice, police said. The victim's injuries were not life-threatening, according to police.

Julian was arrested a few days later on suspicion of aggravated assault and aggravated robbery. Albert was arrested last week on attempted murder, armed robbery and aggravated assault charges.

This morning, we reported Albert used a sheet to hang himself on Jan. 21 and he died Jan. 23. Authorities also told us Julian had been released from jail, but a warrant was issued for his arrest after he failed to appear in court some time later.

Last week, I discovered Julian was sentenced to three years in prison for aggravated robbery in December 2010. This morning, I looked to see how long he had been out of prison prior to the shooting in December and was shocked to see the Arizona Department of Corrections website shows he's still in prison.

I was wondering how a guy who has been in prison for three years could be a suspect in a shooting, but ADOC spokesman Bill Lamoreaux straightened me out.

Apparently, Julian was released from prison on Sept. 19, 2012, having served 85 percent of his sentence as required by law. However, he was picked up again Dec. 31, 2012, for "technically" violating his parole — nine days after the shooting incident.

Albert had a past criminal history, too. He was convicted of armed robbery in March 1999 and pleaded guilty to possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited possessor July 3, 2012.

He was supposed to appear in court Feb. 25 on the weapons charge.

 

 

 

 

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