State officials ignore ICE hold on “convicted killer” from Guatemala

Federal authorities arrested an illegal alien convicted of first-degree manslaughter who was released by officials in Connecticut despite an immigration detainer filed against the him.

On Thursday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced the apprehension of a 35-year-old Guatemalan national in Somers, Connecticut.

The Guatemalan illegally entered the United States at an unknown location in 2007.

In 2013, he was convicted of manslaughter in the first degree and sentenced to 17 years in prison.

That same year, Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers “encountered the Guatemalan national at the MacDougall Correctional Institute in Suffield and filed an immigration detainer for his custody with the Connecticut Department of Corrections,” ICE explained in a press release.

“A U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) immigration judge in Hartford issued a final order of removal for the Guatemalan citizen Feb. 6, 2014.”

#ImmigrationEnforcement #Crime Guatemalan national convicted of manslaughter arrested by @EROBoston in Connecticut. Read more: https://t.co/0CPwWfqg4E pic.twitter.com/diKpVT6fNp

— ERO Boston (@EROBoston) May 2, 2024

State officials ignored the ICE hold against the Guatemalan and released him from Osborn Correctional Institution on April 24, 2024, after serving 10 years of his sentence.

He was picked up a short time later by ERO Boston agents from the Hartford office and will be held in ICE custody pending removal proceedings.

“We are proud to have apprehended this unlawfully present individual convicted of manslaughter in Connecticut,” ERO Boston Field Office Director Todd M. Lyons said in a statement.

“When unlawfully present people commit heinous crimes like manslaughter, we are committed to removing them no matter how long it takes. I’m very proud of our ERO Boston team in Hartford for their work in apprehending this convicted killer, who clearly posed a threat to public safety of the residents of Connecticut.”

Authorities continue to catch dangerous foreign criminals illegally present in the U.S.

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