North Carolina Jail Releases Illegal Alien Charged with Murder

It appears a local jail in North Carolina is no longer prioritizing public safety after releasing an illegal alien from detention who is connected to a violent murder.

Sergio Coello-Perez, a 17-year-old criminal alien from Mexico, was allowed by the Mecklenburg County Clerk of Superior Court to return to his home in East Charlotte on Dec. 27 after signing a written promise to appear at his next court hearing despite the courts ordering him to jail without bond last year. And the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Department happily complied.

On May 13, Coello-Perez and another suspect allegedly murdered Nicholas Antoine Boger while attempting to steal his vehicle. Boger was shot in the head and then run over by a vehicle, according to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) press release.

Court records also show that Coello-Perez allegedly committed more crimes that evening, including larceny and breaking-and-entering. The police later found drugs and an empty gun magazine with Coello-Perez when they executed a search warrant that led to his arrest.

Thankfully, Coello-Perez is back in jail after prosecutors secured a court order that led to his rearrest, where he will (hopefully) remain until trial.

The Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office immediately denied any responsibility for Coello-Perez’s release and categorized the fiasco as a “clerical error” made by the Clerk of Court.

Yet, what the sheriff’s office fails to recognize, or even acknowledge, is that his release could have been avoided had it honored a detainer issued by federal immigration authorities shortly after Coello-Perez’s initial arrest. However, it chose to ignore the detainer and proceed with his release anyway. To make matters worse, the sheriff’s office will not honor any future detainers following a recent policy change.

On December 5, newly-elected Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden (D) announced that he would no longer honor immigration detainers for criminal aliens and would terminate the county’s 287(g) agreement with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) effective immediately.

He campaigned heavily on this issue during the 2018 election and made it a priority for his first term. His rationale? Perhaps both tragically and ironically for Nicholas Boger and his family, Sheriff McFadden believes the 287(g) program “erodes trust in the community” and “does not keep the community safe”, which is simply inaccurate.

To the contrary, 287(g) empowers local law enforcement to enforce our immigration laws and keep dangerous criminal aliens off the street. It could have prevented Coello-Perez from being released back into the community. Fortunately, Coello-Perez is back in custody before he could inflict further harm but the incident graphically illustrates to the public the dangers associated with ignoring detainers. In this situation, the sheriff’s office achieved the opposite of what McFadden promised—it put a dangerous murder suspect back into the community.

Coello-Perez should never have been allowed to live in the United States, let alone commit a vicious crime against a U.S. citizen. His release from jail further aggravates an already tragic situation for the victim’s family and underscores the real harm of sanctuary policies that prioritize the interests of illegal aliens over the safety of the community. Imagine if he was able to commit another violent crime after his release?

Had McFadden honored the detainer, Coello-Perez would not have been released from jail but straight into ICE’s custody. Yet, McFadden seems more interested in pandering to political pressure groups than protecting American citizens and legal immigrants, and that’s a dangerous policy. The community deserves better from its sheriff.


About Author


Colton joined FAIR in 2018 as a legislative advisor for state and local policy. Prior to FAIR, Colton responded to constituent needs and legislative issues in the offices of U.S. Senator Thom Tillis and U.S. Representatives Virginia Foxx, Mark Meadows, and Richard Hudson. His congressional service covered a wide range of policy issues including agriculture, immigration, health care, welfare, and economic development. Before this, he was responsible for direct lobbying, grassroots mobilization, and strategic initiatives for several advocacy groups, including the North Carolina Association of Realtors, the Susan B. Anthony List, and Concerned Veterans for America. Colton holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Sociology from Western Carolina University.


  1. avatar
    LaNell Barrett on

    Put our military to back up Border Patrol , then get started on The Wall. We have enough able bodied welfare recipients ( along with their children and adult grandchildren) to bus to the border and build as well as instill good old American work ethic. The military will always be needed there, but to a much lesser extent.
    The U.S.A. is a joke, as things have been for decades…the illegals come here to steal, rape, murder, etc, etc. Then flip back south of the border and lay low before eventually returning to repeat.
    Enforce our laws.
    No more exceptions.
    End birthright citizenddhip.
    Stop immediately all welfare to illegals and visa people.
    Fingerprint, cheek swab, and evict illegals.

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    So good old Sheriff McFadden believes he can ignore illegal aliens, because he doesn’t want to lose their trust. Wel, well, I bet the sheriff has never paid so much as a visit to places like Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, or El Salvador. If he had, he would have quickly learned that the folks in those places have zero trust in their law enforcement, and for very good reason. The law enforcement in those places are horribly corrupt, and have been for many a decade. Mostly because they have corruption filled governments.

    If the sheriff thinks illegal immigration isn’t his problem, he better go speak with the family of the Boger family.

    If he thinks he can turn the mistrust around with the illegal aliens, he’s just plain nuts.

    He might also consider how his community has some pretty serious problems with Mexican heroin, and the folks who deliver it to his neck of the woods. Those aren’t leprechauns!

    I suggest the sheriff drop by the cell of Mirsa Escobedo, Mexican National, if he hasn’t already released her. He would discover that this woman was recently arrested (11/30/2018) at a Motel 6 in his town. She had come with three and half kilos of fresh made heroin, all wrapped in pink.

    Does the sheriff think that she was only going to share it with other Mexicans?

    • avatar
      Dave Veselenak on

      Like it or not sheeple: REVOLUTION will be the SOLUTION; my Lord, the sheeple are just that!

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  4. avatar

    So just have him sign another promise to appear form and a promise to be a good boy and let him go back home in East Charlotte.

  5. avatar

    The H-1B Lie Has Been Around Long Enough

    To half convince America we need educated from like India colleges to replace American High School Kids from Seattle once doing those jobs for Microsoft….LOL, it s been a complete joke.

    We did have made by Seattle high school kids Windows 95 and 98…ya know, quality O/S without weekly patches and virus S/W back doors build in. The foreigners destroyed our laptops’ S/W when they got here and we can’t understand ’em over the phone either.

    What would you call your Kia or Dodge if it required weekly patches to run? A piece of junk, right? Why are laptops different? LOL

  6. avatar

    Trump saying he will offer a “potential path to citizenship” for H1B tech workers. This is NOT what he campaigned on. It’s not his job to be taking over for Paul Ryan’s policies.

  7. avatar
    Kenneth J. Boerman on

    All Federal aid $ or grants should be with held from any county or state that tries to thwart federal laws. Last I heard States could not pass laws that were inconsistent with Federal laws.