Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials have confirmed an illegal immigrant from Mexico charged with the slayings of three in Woodburn, Oregon, had been deported six times prior to his arrest in connection with the shooting deaths.
Police say Oseguera-Gonzales admitted to the shootings in a probable cause statement.
Bonifacio Oseguera-Gonzalez was charged Tuesday with three counts of aggravated murder and one count of attempted murder. Osequera-Gonzales has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Authorities say Oseguera-Gonzales admitted shooting Ruben Rigoberto-Reyes, Edmundo Amaro-Bajonero, and Katie Gildersleeve. A fourth man, whose name was not released, survived and is speaking to police. Rigoberto-Reyes and Amaro-Bajonero died at the scene; Gildersleve was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
ICE officials have requested Oseguera-Gonzales be turned over to their department if he is released from custody.
Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, who has made illegal immigration the centerpiece of his presidential campaign, tweeted the following in response to Oseguera-Gonzales’ arrest:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 1, 2016
An ICU spokeswoman issued the following statement Thursday:
“After conducting a comprehensive review of Mr. Oseguera’s immigration and criminal history, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has designated this as a federal interest case. To that end, the agency filed a notice of action with the Marion County Jail asking to be alerted if or when Mr. Oseguera is slated for release so the agency can take custody ot [sic] pursue further administrative enforcement action. Relevant databases indicate Mr. Oseguera has no significant prior criminal convictions. However, he has been repatriated to Mexico six times since 2003, most recently in 2013”.
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