Convicted murderer caught re-entering U.S. across Mexico border


JAMUL, Calif.—U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) agents arrested a man on Friday who had a prior conviction for second-degree murder.

On April 2 at approximately 5 p.m., a citizen called USBP reporting two suspicious men near Marron Valley Road in Dulzura, Calif.  Arriving to the reported address, an agent located the two men, who had been walking in harsh terrain for several days.  As the agent approached, the men asked for water and explained they became lost after crossing the border.  The agent provided water and determined both men had entered the U.S. illegally.  The two men were arrested and transported to a nearby Border Patrol station for processing.  

At the station, a records check revealed that one of the men, a 45-year-old Mexican national, had been convicted of second-degree murder in California in 2003.  At that time, he had been tried, convicted, and sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.  The man now faces new charges for illegal entry after being previously deported.

“The work our agents do, matters not only to communities along the border, but to every city and town in America,” said Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Heitke.  “Our vigilant agents prevented this dangerous man from re-entering our communities and I am proud of their dedication.”

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