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BP apprehends undocumented convicted murderer near Marathon

June 29th, 2017 under Top Stories

MARATHON —Alpine Border Patrol agents apprehended a Mexican citizen and convicted murderer who was illegally present in the United States during an immigration inspection at the Highway 385 checkpoint near Marathon last Saturday.

The 54-year-old man, from Ojinaga, Chihuahua, was first arrested on November 11, 1985, by the Ward County Sheriff’s Office in Monahans, and charged with murder. He was later convicted and sentenced to 20 years of incarceration for the crime. He was deported to Mexico on October 17, 1996, and again on June 5, 2010. Both times he illegally entered the United States after being removed.

According to the Border Patrol, on June 24 the man allegedly illegally entered a third time into the United States in Presidio. He then drove to the Big Bend National Park and continued north on Highway 385 toward Marathon with his 14-year-old son, who is a United States citizen. At the checkpoint, he presented Border Patrol Agents with a fraudulent “I-551” permanent resident card. He was subsequently arrested after agents determined he was in the country illegally.

“Our communities may be a little bit safer since this person was taken off the streets,” Big Bend Sector Chief Jesse Shaw said. “It’s just another example of the value of having trained U.S. Border Patrol agents along our nation’s borders to help make our country more secure,” he added.

The suspect has been charged with “8-USC 1326 (B) (2), Aggravated Felon, Re-entry after Deportation” from the United States, and was referred to the Big Bend Sector’s Prosecutions Unit.

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