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Accused killer on house arrest roamed freely around South Florida

Joshua Burgos
Joshua Burgos Courtesy: Florida Department of Corrections

An accused killer on house arrest, outfitted with an ankle bracelet, apparently roamed freely all over South Florida for a year pissing off a judge.

No one notified the judge that 29-year-old Joshua Burgos was on the loose migrating from Midtown in Miami, South Beach, Islamorada and Key Largo for an entire year.
Burgos is accused of serious crimes such as fatally shooting two men outside a Brickell-area bar in 2016, plus carjacking and arson and his nomadic odyssey clearly violated the conditions of his release “literally hundreds” of times.

An irate Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Andrea Wolfson on Wednesday called the Miami-Dade County Corrections and Rehabilitation Department to account for its failure to keep track of Burgos.

“I find it offensive that an organization would take a court order and absolutely ignore it. And that’s what happened here,” she said during a video hearing.

“He was just literally doing anything and everything he wanted to do at every moment in time, and never once was this court alerted. I’ve used the word appalled. It’s not even strong enough,” she said.

Apparently, last year the judge overruled prosecutors and allowed Burgos to leave his home and go to work at a law firm from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily. When prosecutors finally obtained GPS records from his ankle bracelet they realized Burgos was wandering all over town at all hours. His lawyer claimed Burgos had permission to work at various jobs from corrections officers assigned to monitor him, and a corrections lawyer told the judge there will be an “administrative review” of the house-arrest program, which currently oversees about 1,200 inmates.

He’s not being accused of any new crimes as a result of all this travel, but he’ll forfeit the money his family paid for his bond to be out of jail, and he’ll have to put up another bond. Plus, he’ll be confined to his home completely.

He’s not being accused of any new crimes as a result of all this travel, but he’ll forfeit the money his family paid for his bond to be out of jail, and he’ll have to put up another bond. Plus, he’ll be confined to his home completely.