Valley inmate with breast cancer released for treatment

PHOENIX - An undocumented inmate with breast cancer was released Thursday after making a plea bargain in order to get treatment.

Ruth Alvarez was arrested earlier this month for working under false identification.

She has already undergone chemotherapy and will have a mastectomy later this month.

"I haven't talked to her in about a week and a half, " said her daughter Indira Alvarado.  "I'm happy she is getting out. I'm sure we'll both cry." 

Alvarado and several others gathered outside the Lower Buckeye Jail waiting for Alvarez's release.

"I don't know what to say," Alvarez said tearfully outside the jail.  "I'm still shocked."
She also expressed gratitude to County Attorney Bill Montgomery.
"I now have the opportunity to continue to fight for my life," she said.  "I'm sorry for my mistake. 

Alvarado said her mother was working hard to support her family and the cost of cancer has been especially difficult for her and the family financially.   

ICE released Alvarez on humanitarian grounds and the Maricopa County Attorney reached a plea bargain with her that secured her release.

She pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge.

A spokesperson for the Maricopa County Attorney tells ABC15 that cases like this are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.


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