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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 13, 2020

Mexican Citizen, Previously Convicted of Negligent Homicide, Sentenced to 24 Months for Illegal Re-entry into United States

Federal Sentence to be Served Consecutive to 10-Year State Sentence for Criminal Possession of a Weapon and Criminally Negligent Homicide

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Daniel Antonio Salas-Miranda, age 41, and a citizen of Mexico, was sentenced today to 24 months in prison for illegally re-entering the United States.

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith; Thomas E. Feeley, Director of the Buffalo Field Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO); and John B. DeVito, Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).

Salas-Miranda admitted as part of his guilty plea that he is a citizen of Mexico, and that he was removed from the United States to Mexico on November 20, 2002, June 3, 2008 and again on June 18, 2008.  On two occasions, Salas-Miranda had been arrested by immigration authorities in New Jersey and on one occasion, he was arrested by Border Patrol in Arizona after he entered the United States without inspection from Mexico.  

On October 12, 2018, he was arrested by an ICE-ERO officer in Wilton, New York.  New York State Police Officers had interviewed Salas-Miranda while conducting a homicide investigation. ICE checked the fingerprints of Salas-Miranda, discovered his prior removals, and detained him. 

On April 9, 2019, Salas-Miranda was convicted in Saratoga County Court of criminal possession of a weapon and criminally negligent homicide, resulting in a sentence of 10 years in state prison.   The Saratoga County prosecution stemmed from the possession and discharge of a firearm by Salas-Miranda at the Crest Inn, in Wilton, that caused the death of Michael Kornacki.  United States District Judge Mae A. D’Agostino directed that the federal sentence she imposed today run consecutive to the New York State sentence.  The 24-month federal sentence is the maximum permitted by law.

This case was investigated by ATF and ICE-ERO, and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward P. Grogan.

Topic(s): 
Immigration
Updated February 13, 2020