WORK RELEASE: Transfer Soon For Rodriguez

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A Des Moines man convicted in the 2009 vehicular homicide of an Iowa Air Guardsman will be released from prison this week.

According to the victim’s daughter, Brianne Mundy, Orlando Rodriguez will be transferred from prison to the Fort Des Moines Work Release Facility before the end of this week. After serving four months of work release, Rodriguez will be free on parole.

Mundy says the family was notified by the Iowa Department of Corrections about Rodriguez’ release.

Rodriguez and his brother, Santos, stole gas from the Casey’s on Park Avenue in Des Moines in September of 2009, and while trying to get away crashed into a motorcycle ridden by Bruce Mundy. Mundy died from his injuries.

Orlando Rodriguez was sentenced to 10 years in prison after entering an Alford plea in the case.

In June, Rodriguez applied for parole but was denied. The Parole Board did, however, grant him a four month term of work release.

“While we continue to feel Orlando’s sentence was not nearly long enough and therefore justice has not been served, we also fear he will continue to break the law, with potentially dire consequences,” says Brianne Mundy.

She claims prison overcrowding is why Rodriguez is being released early.

According to Fred Scaletta, the Assistant Director of the Iowa Department of Corrections, Rodriguez was still at the Anamosa State Penitentiary as of Thursday.

Santos Rodriguez was ruled not competent to stand trial in the case because of injuries to his brain.