U.S. Attorney indicts Liberal man for arson PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 31 March 2010 13:50

Two additional indictments  handed down for smugglers of illegals aliens nabbed in Seward County

• Daily Leader staff report
United States Attorney Lanny Welch has confirmed Shivantha Kulatunga, Liberal, has been indicted for arson in the Rent-A-Center fire in Liberal.
According to a statement released by Welch’s office, Kulatunga, 26, was indicted Tuesday on one count of arson.
According to the indictment, on Jan. 4, 2010, Kulatunga set fire to the Rent-A-Center store at 200 E. Parkway Boulevard in Liberal.
If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of not less than 5 years and not more than 20 years and a fine up to $250,000. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated. 
Assistant U.S. Attorney David Lind is prosecuting.
A federal grand jury meeting in Wichita, also returned additional local indictments:
 Jose Alberto Orozco-Larios, 32, a citizen of Mexico, is charged with one count of unlawfully transporting illegal aliens in the United States, one count of unlawfully re-entering the United States after being convicted of an aggravated felony and deported, and one count of aggravated identity theft. The crimes are alleged to have occurred March 9, 2010, in Seward County.
According to the indictment, he was driving a 1998 Pontiac minivan carrying eight illegal aliens from Mexico when he was arrested.
If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison without parole and a fine up to $250,000 on the unlawful re-entry charge, a maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine up to $250,000 on the unlawful transportation charge, and a mandatory two years consecutive to other sentences and a fine up to $250,000 on the identity theft charge. The Seward County Sheriff’s Department and Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigated. 
Assistant U.S. Attorney Brent Anderson is prosecuting.
Fredy Avilez-Hernandez, 33, a citizen of Mexico, is charged with one count of unlawfully transporting illegal aliens in the United States, one count of unlawfully re-entering the United States after being convicted of an aggravated felony and deported, and one count of aggravated identity theft. The crimes are alleged to have occurred March 13, 2010, in Seward County.
According to the indictment, Avilez-Hernandez was driving a 2006 Toyota minivan carrying 10 illegal aliens from Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Peru and Eritrea when he was arrested.
If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison without parole and a fine up to $250,000 on the unlawful re-entry charge, a maximum penalty of 5 years and a fine up to $250,000 on the illegal transportation charge and a mandatory two years consecutive to other sentences and a fine up to $250,000 on the identity theft charge. The Kansas Highway Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigated. 
Assistant U.S. Attorney Brent Anderson is prosecuting.

 
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