A prosecutor said Tuesday that Nemias Garcia-Velasco, 32, charged in the death of a passenger in a fiery July 5 crash, has been removed from the United States a total of seven times — five “voluntary returns” in 2005 and following two deportation hearings, one in 2009 and another in 2011.
According to omaha.com:
Garcia-Velasco, who is from Mexico, also once was convicted of making a false claim to U.S. citizenship, Ryan Lindberg of the Douglas County Attorney’s Office said in court.
Silvano Torres, 58, was riding unrestrained in the cargo area of the van and was declared dead at the scene. Front-seat passenger Jesus I. Gonzalez, 16, was treated at the hospital and released the day of the crash.
Garcia-Velasco was taken to the Nebraska Medical Center with severe burns. He later was released from the hospital and booked into jail. He has been charged with motor vehicle homicide and faces up to 20 years in prison.
Lindberg asked Douglas County Judge John Huber on Tuesday to set a high bail for Garcia-Velasco. “If this is someone who bonds out,” Lindberg said, “I don’t think we’ll see Mr. Garcia-Velasco again.”
Garcia-Velasco is married and has a child, a public defender told the judge in noting Garcia-Velasco’s ties to the community. She also said he had sustained significant injuries in the crash.
Huber set bail for Garcia-Velasco at $2 million. He would have to post 10 percent of that, or $200,000, to be released from jail.
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