Judge Thomas lets 5 murderes off EASY !!

This liberal judge is taking steps to allow the 5 men that kidnapped, robbed, raped and murdered my daughter to be back on the streets soon !

Friday, September 22, 2006

Mother of slain girl says `it's time to act';


BYLINE: DAVID OVALLE, dovalle@MiamiHerald.com


Sanctuary from a sick world is here, in a secluded house in Horse Country with just her 12 cats, her rescued puppy and an urn with the ashes of her murdered daughter.Margarita Osorio rarely ventures out. ''This is my refuge,'' she said. ``This is where I have her.''But something is stirring inside Osorio, whose 18-year-old daughter, Ana Maria Angel, was kidnapped from South Beach, raped and shot to death four years ago.Upset by a judge's recent decision to toss out crucial confessions of two of her suspected killers, Osorio says she wants to be heard.The 49-year-old woman plans to start a letter-writing campaign to elected officials, to raise awareness of the decision to suppress the confessions.Perhaps, Osorio figures, she will start a foundation and reach out to families of other murder-rape victims.''I could stay here all the time, all my life. I'm tranquil,'' Osorio said. ``But my conscience won't let me. It's time to stop crying. It's time to act.''Like many crime victims, Osorio agonizes about the lengthy legal proceedings, which with five defendants is not unusual.She understands the first-degree murder case against the five Orlando-area men has run into snags before: accused shooter Joel Lebron's confession was not taped because investigators put the recording device on the wrong setting.But her angst grew this month when Circuit Judge William Thomas threw out the confession of Lebron and another suspect, Jesus Roman.''I don't have confidence in this judge,'' she said on a recent evening at her home. ``I feel like I've been betrayed by the system. For me, it's a mockery.''She knows the tension in Thomas' chambers is tangible.Saying Thomas shows apparent disdain for him, lead prosecutor Abe Laeser tried unsuccessfully Friday to have the judge recuse himself from the case.''I don't think it would be appropriate to comment'' on a pending trial, Judge Thomas said Friday afternoon when asked about Osorio.Prosecutors are appealing the ruling on the confessions, which Thomas threw out saying police did not properly advise the defendants of their Miranda rights.They say they are still confident enough evidence exists to convict the men.Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernández Rundle on Friday applauded Osorio's efforts to refocus attention on Ana's case.''I felt a real sadness for her because she is all alone. Her daughter was her life,'' Fernandez Rundle said. ``It was as if she was in a perpetual state of despair.''Ana would have gone to church with her mother that Sunday in April 2002.Except the night before she and her boyfriend went for a late-night stroll on South Beach.Five men kidnapped them. They gang-raped her in the back of a pickup, police say.The assailants slashed the throat of her boyfriend, Nelson Portobanco, and dumped him from the truck. He survived.Authorities say Lebron admitted in his confession that he forced Ana to kneel on the side of Interstate 95, then shot her in the head as she begged for her life.Two years ago, Osorio moved out of the West Miami-Dade apartment she shared with Ana.Home is now a small two-bedroom house nestled in the leafy backyard of a friend's sprawling home in West Kendall.The silhouettes of peacocks parade on a neighbor's roof. Darkness -- a country dark, no city lights -- plunges the house in deep shadows cast from patio lights.Ana lives here, too: In the happy graduation-night photos, in the South Miami High year book, in Niña, the grayish cat who was the teen's favorite.Osorio leaves only for work. She cleans houses for a living.Every morning, she drives to work in Ana's little white Mazda, her daughter's graduation tassel still hanging from the rear-view mirror.''The world outside isn't mine anymore. I don't feel right out there. It's foreign to me,'' she says.The photos, the cats, the tassel -- everything Ana is as happy as it is agonizing.Ana, who studied like crazy; Ana, independent and loving just like the family's cats; Ana, the high school soccer goalie.Osorio is an eloquent woman from the city of Medellin in Colombia, her long dark hair streaked with gray.Before Ana died, Osorio believed in God. She wants ''nothing to do'' with him today.''Do you know what it's like to wonder night and day what it was she was feeling? I wish I knew her pain stopped at death,'' she said.Osorio rarely attends court hearings.But speaking publicly -- Osorio also plans interviews with television media -- heals as much as helps.She already has a list of officials to mail letters to. She is not sure how to start an organization for surviving loved ones.But she has been especially moved by the family of Carlie Brucia, the Sarasota 11-year-old who was sexually assaulted and murdered in 2004.In that case, the killer has been convicted and was sentenced to death.''What's happening in court isn't my problem. It's society's problem,'' she says. ``What would happen if one of those guys gets out of jail and hurts somebody else?''Miami Herald staff writer Susannah E. Nesmith contributed to this report.LOAD-DATE: August 19, 2006

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Murderer attempts to hire a hit man

If you have read the petition on


you will discover that Ana Maria Angel & Margarita Osorio were NOT the only victims. Ana was celebrating her anniversary with her boyfriend Nelson Portobanco when they were abducted at the time. Even though he managed to survive the ordeal after being beaten and stabbed 15 times with a knife, the emotional scars will last a life time. Nelson must also deal with the murderer's attempting to take his life again. The article below states how one of the murderer's attempted to hire a hit man to kill Nelson so that he could not testify as a witness in the case.

South Beach Kidnap Suspect Accused Of Hit Attempt From Cell
Undercover Officer Foils Attempt

POSTED: 4:48 p.m. EDT May 29, 2002
UPDATED: 6:58 p.m. EDT May 29, 2002

MIAMI, Fla. -- One of the suspects charged with kidnapping a high school couple off South Beach is now facing charges of trying to arrange a hit from his cell.
Investigators said Joel Lebron asked a fellow inmate to set up a contract killing on the man he thought turned him into police in April.
But instead of a hit man, Lebron contacted an undercover officer. Just a few weeks ago, Lebron was moved from his cell when several inmates plotted to kill him because he was bragging about killing Ana Maria Angel, police said

Crucial evidence in rape case thrown out

Evidence Against Rape, Killing Suspects Thrown Out

article provided by nbc6.net
POSTED: 7:19 pm EDT August 1, 2006
UPDATED: 7:25 pm EDT August 1, 2006

MIAMI -- A judge has suppressed what could have been crucial evidence against two suspects in the kidnapping, rape and murder of a South Florida teenager.
Joel Lebron and Jesus Roman are two of four people accused of the 2002 crime that left Ana Maria Angel dead and her boyfriend badly injured.
A judge has now granted defense motions to suppress Lebron's alleged confession and statements made by Roman. According to the order, the suspects were not properly advised of their Miranda rights.

There is no word on whether prosecutors plan to appeal.

Media links about my daughters murder

Judge's Decision Forces Grieving Mother To Speak Out
Two Confessions Thrown Out By Judge
article by local10.com
POSTED: 5:22 pm EDT August 21, 2006
UPDATED: 5:29 pm EDT August 21, 2006

MIAMI -- The mother of a girl who was killed after she was snatched from South Beach and raped says a judge's decision in the case is forcing her to speak publicly about what she says is a failure of the system.
Margarita Osorio has stayed out of the public eye and has rarely left her home since her 18-year-old daughter, Ana Maria Angel, was kidnapped and killed four years ago.
Police arrested four men and a teenager who they say killed Angel and beat and stabbed her boyfriend, 18-year-old Nelson "Eddy" Portobanco. He was dumped on Interstate 95 in Pompano Beach. He survived having his throat slashed and 15 stab wounds.

Angel's body was found lying near the interstate in south Palm Beach County.
If convicted, Joel Lebron, Cesar Mena, Hector Caraballo and Victor Caraballo all face the death penalty in Angel's death.
Jesus Roman faces life in prison if convicted because he was 16 at the time of the killing.
Circuit Judge William Thomas recently threw out the confessions of accused triggerman Lebron and Roman, he said because the teens were not properly read their Miranda rights when interviewed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Osorio told Local 10 that she is confident that Portobanco's testimony will be enough to convict the five defendants. But she fears that even if convicted, suppressing the confessions might help the suspected killers get out sooner.
Osorio said she has decided to try to raise awareness of the damage done by the suppression of confessions. Osorio said that she plans to write to elected officials to try to gain support for her cause and she wants to make the public aware of the loopholes in the system that she says only benefit the guilty.
Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez-Rundle says prosecutors have appealed judge Thomas' ruling but it could take some three or four months before they get a decision from the appellate court.
Fernandez-Rundle said it still could be another couple of years until the case goes to trial -- but she also said that it is important that Angel's mother has started speaking out.

Miami Dade Judge goes easy on Murdering Rapists

Hi fellow bloggers ,

I have an emergency & I desperately need your HELP !

Four years ago, my only daughter, Ana Maria Angel was KIDNAPPED, ROBBED, RAPED & MURDERED by 5 men. Those 5 animals have STILL not been prosecuted yet !! Unfortunately, the judge on Ana’s Case, Judge William Thomas is throwing out crucial evidence left & right !!
Just a few weeks ago he threw out 2 key confessions !!
I feel with Judge William Thomas on the case their will be no chance of a fair trial & these animals will be back on our streets to rape & murder again.

I need YOUR help !! Please do 2 things for me:

1. Go to
and sign the petition !!
2. Copy this email and forward it to everyone in your address
book so they can sign the petition as well !!

Thank you in advance for any help you can provide,
Margarita Osorio (ana's mom)
and Jessica Lucignani (ana's friend & co-worker) who will be managing this blog.