(TheLastPatriotNews.com) – In a triumph of justice, an Arizona rancher, previously indicted and put on trial for the fatal shooting of an illegal alien who trespassed on his property, has been cleared of all charges and will not be subject to further prosecution.

An Arizona Superior Court judge on Tuesday finalized the dismissal of murder and assault charges against George Alan Kelly “with prejudice,” as reported by 9 KGUN.

This decision implies that Kelly is permanently exempt from facing these charges again, effectively concluding a legal battle that initiated over a year ago.

“The interests of justice are not served by the dismissal without prejudice for case that cannot and will not be re-tried,” Judge Thomas Fink articulated, cited by The Daily Caller.

“The interests of justice are not advanced where the only thing to be accomplished by a dismissal without prejudice, where there is not possibility that a re-trial will occur, is the harassment of the Defendant. For those reasons, the interests of justice call for finality,” Fink further stated.

The charges against Kelly stemmed from an incident on January 30, 2023, where he was accused of second-degree murder and aggravated assault following the shooting of Gabriel Cuen-Buitimea, an unarmed 48-year-old undocumented migrant from Mexico.

The incident occurred as Cuen-Buitimea, accompanied by a group of undocumented immigrants, traversed Kelly’s property located near the Arizona-Mexico border.

The group fled upon noticing Border Patrol agents nearby and reportedly crossed Kelly’s ranch while attempting to return to the border to avoid apprehension.

Prosecutors contended that Kelly had recklessly discharged his AK-47 from approximately 115 yards away, hitting Cuen-Buitimea in the back and resulting in his death.

In contrast, Kelly’s defense argued that he had merely fired warning shots above the group to safeguard himself and his wife.

The case reached a standstill when Judge Fink declared a mistrial on April 22, after the jury failed to agree on a verdict following extensive deliberations spanning over two days.

Post-mistrial, prosecutors were faced with the option to either retry the case or abandon it entirely. They opted not to pursue a retrial.

Originally, it was anticipated that a hearing would be set to determine if the case would be dismissed with prejudice, ensuring it could not be reopened.

State prosecutors expressed a preference not to seek a retrial but requested the court to dismiss the case with prejudice, allowing for the possibility of reopening should new evidence surface.

“The State’s motion to dismiss without prejudice is denied. In the interests of justice the case is ordered dismissed with prejudice,” Judge Fink decreed.

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