The gunman responsible for five deaths at a Fort Lauderdale airport earlier today was prosecuted on charges of domestic violence related to an incident last year.
According to charging documents from Alaska, Esteban Santiago allegedly smacked his then-girlfriend in the head and strangled her, after yelling at her through a locked door to “get the f*ck out, b*tch!” The incident occurred last January.
He was released on the condition that he stay away from the 40-year-old woman but was subsequently charged with a violation after he was found at her residence. The case is still pending.
Per the Daily Beast, prosecutors agreed to drop charges if he met certain requirements. Of course, that is unlikely now.
The assault case was resolved in March when Santiago entered into a deferred prosecution agreement, an alternative to adjudication where prosecutors agreed to dismiss the charges in exchange for Esteban’s completion of requirements, the details of which are unknown. Anchorage municipal prosecutor Seneca Theno told The Daily Beast that the charges are unlikely to be dropped now, considering Santiago’s alleged attack in Florida.
It has been reported that Santiago met with the FBI a couple of months ago because he said he was hearing voices telling him to watch ISIS propaganda and had also checked into a hospital for a mental health evaluation.
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