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ICE agents deport Agustin Espinoza-Betancourt to Mexico for 1999 murder

October 13, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
ICE agents deport Agustin Espinoza-Betancourt to Mexico for 1999 murder

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A Mexican national identified as Agustin Espinoza-Betancourt who was wanted for murder back in his native country was living and working in Indianapolis before he was apprehended and turned over to Mexican officials last week.

According to U.s. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officials, the 34-year-old Agustin Espinoza-Betancourt reportedly killed a man in Morelos, Mexico back in 1999.

Authorities in Mexico allege that he got into a dispute with his neighbors, a mother and a son, and then shot the son four times. The mother attempted to protect her son and was ultimately shot two times, but ultimately managed to survive her injuries.

Law enforcement officials said Espinoza-Betancourt illegally crossed the border into the U.S. in April 1999, just after he committed the fatal shooting.

Officers with the CBP Enforcement and Removal Operations arrested Agustin Espinoza-Betancourt back in June outside his job in Indianapolis, Fox News Latino reported.

The man was deported by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)’s Chicago office on Friday.

Officials with the Mexican Attorney General’s Office said if found guilty, Espinoza-Betancourt faces up to 22 years behind bars.

Ricardo Wong, the field office director for ERO Chicago, said in a statement: “The continued cooperation between the U.S. and the Mexican government results in such repatriations of foreign fugitives and improved public safety. International fugitives who think they can evade justice by fleeing to the United States should take notice — they will find no refuge here.”

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