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Guatemalan Illegal Immigrant Convicted of Manslaughter Set For Deportation

May 6, 2024

Federal immigration authorities arrested a Guatemalan illegal immigrant convicted of first-degree manslaughter in Connecticut.

Enforcement and Removal Operations deportation officers arrested the 35-year-old man in Somers, a Connecticut town of about 2,200 on the Massachusetts border, about 12 miles southeast of Springfield, Massachusetts, after state officials released him after he completed part of his manslaughter prison sentence.

“We are proud to have apprehended this unlawfully present individual convicted of manslaughter in Connecticut,” said Todd M. Lyons, field director of the Boston office Enforcement and Removal Operations, in a press release from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. “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.”

The man illegally entered the United States in March 2007. He was later arrested and imprisoned for first-degree manslaughter; Enforcement and Removal Operations Boston officers from the Hartford office encountered the man at the MacDougall Correctional Institute in Suffield in October 2013 and filed an immigration detainer for his custody with the Connecticut Department of Corrections.

A U.S. Department of Justice immigration judge in Hartford issued a final order of removal for the man in February 2014. 

After serving 10 years of a 17-year prison sentence, he was released from Osborn Correctional Institution on April 24, 2024.

Deportation officers with Enforcement and Removal Operations Boston’s office in Hartford arrested him immediately upon his release from state custody. Federal immigration authorities say he will be held in ICE custody pending removal proceedings.


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