A man accused in a fatal hit-and-run on Tuesday has been in and out of prison for years, had a suspended license, and has been deported for criminal offenses at least six times, court records show.
Ramon Jaime Horta was convicted in 2001 for sale and possession of a controlled substance and driving on a suspended license, according to Orange County Superior Court records.
He got nine months in jail and was deported by immigration officials.
In 2008, the Santa Ana man pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell. He was sentenced to two years in state prison. This happened after he already been deported in 2002 and 2006.
He did not have a valid license and was under the influence Tuesday when he allegedly struck and killed Marcello Bisarello in Santa Ana, police said.