What irks me about the "feel sorry" movement is that it produces even more wildly disparate results that our justice system does. If you have that certain emotional "hook" that the press latches onto and Facebook Freaks will "like" - then you are in. Of course, you have to be careful, as the same mob that elevates you to victim status can turn on you just as quickly. If there are any discrepancies in your background story - watch out! The mob does not like to be deceived or believe they are deceived.
UPDATE: It appears the fellow is still in ICE jail, awaiting deportation. While I do feel sorry for his wife and kids, I feel less sorry for him, as he did rob people at gunpoint. You do the crime you do the time. The only thing that is "unfair" is that ICE could hold him for years without trial, without lawyer, and without deportation. Once you have a final deportation order, your rights are practically non-existent. And of course, Cuba probably won't take him back, leaving him in permanent legal limbo.
It is too bad he did not apply for citizenship when he got married, but I suspect he realized that might raise a red flag about his abbreviated incarceration. Probably also why he never visited his co-defendant, either. I could just see the prison guard saying, "Gee, you look familiar, aren't you supposed to be in cell block H?"