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Mexican citizen arrested on immigration charges held on provisional arrest warrant for murder in canada

January 19, 2011

United States Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales announced that earlier today, Luis Alfonso Ochoa-Gamez, 30, of Mexico, was sentenced to time served (96 days) and a year of supervised release on an immigration charge. Ochoa-Gamez remains in custody on a provisional arrest warrant for murder. On November 16, 2010, authorities in Alberta, Canada filed 2nd degree murder charges against Ochoa-Gamez. According to a complaint for a provisional arrest warrant filed in United States District Court on December 3, 2010, Ochoa-Gamez is accused of shooting and killing the victim in Shaughnessy, Alberta over a drug deal. The federal court issued a provisional arrest warrant for Ochoa-Gamez on December 10, 2010. Formal extradition proceedings are pending.

United States Customs and Border Protection agents arrested Ochoa-Gamez on October 16, 2010, at the Santa Teresa Port of Entry as he attempted to return to Mexico. Ochoa-Gamez previously had been deported from the United States on October 5, 2007. On October 18, 2010, a criminal complaint was filed charging Ochoa-Gamez with illegal reentry of a deported alien. Ochoa-Gamez pled guilty to that charge on November 1, 2010.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Nathan J. Lichvarcik. A criminal complaint is only an accusation. All criminal defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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