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Wednesday, October 22, 2008
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United States Extradites Accused Serial Killer to Mexico

WASHINGTON - Jose Francisco Granados de la Paz, 30, a Mexican national, was extradited yesterday to Mexico to stand trial in the state of Chihuahua for aggravated homicide involving the June 2001 stabbing death of Mayra Juliana Reyes Solis, Acting Assistant Attorney General Matthew Friedrich announced today. The case marks the first use of a special provision of the United States/Mexico Extradition Treaty that allows either country, after granting the extradition, to surrender a defendant who is serving a sentence to the other country for trial before the expiration of the sentence that is being served.

According to Mexican authorities, the case is part of Mexico’s ongoing investigation into the murders of young women in the Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, area since the mid-1990s. Granados de la Paz was serving a sentence in the United States for immigration violations when he was identified by U.S. and Mexican authorities as a person sought in connection with the Juarez murders investigation. While Granados de la Paz was serving his sentence in the United States, Mexico sought his extradition. Following an extradition hearing in August 2007 in the Middle District of Pennsylvania, he was ordered to be extradited to Mexico.

"Yesterday’s extradition exemplifies the kind of cooperation our law enforcement treaties with Mexico make possible," said Acting Assistant Attorney General Matthew Friedrich. "By working together, we ensure criminals are brought to justice on both sides of the border."

Granados de la Paz was originally sentenced on April 7, 2006, to 37 months in prison in the United States. He will serve the remainder of his sentence on the U.S. charges in Mexico in addition to any sentence he may receive from Mexican authorities if tried and convicted on the Mexico charges.

This case was handled by Trial Attorneys Mari Aponte, Andrea Tisi and Nicole Lehtman of the Criminal Division’s Office of International Affairs and Assistant U.S. Attorneys William A. Behe and Joe Terz of the Middle District of Pennsylvania. Assistance was provided by the U.S. Marshals Service.