A Chilean national living in Miami and wanted in his native country for a 20-year-old murder was deported this week, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced on Wednesday.
Cristian Patricio Golzzio-Figueroa, 47, also known as Nelson Manuel Guerra, had been living in Miami and working as a cook. He was flown from Miami International Airport to Santiago on Tuesday and turned over to Chilean authorities on Wednesday.
Golzzio-Figueroa had been convicted in absentia for the murder of his wife and had been a fugitive since September 1994, when he was released pending sentencing. He fled Chile prior to receiving a 20 year prison sentence for the murder.
Chile contacted Interpol Washington, who were on the look-out for Golzzio-Figueroa. In November, he was arrested on local drug-related criminal charges and although he was using an alias, his fingerprints matched those on record on the wanted fugitive.
Golzzio-Figueroa was held for violating U.S. immigration laws and remained in custody until his deportation this week.
“Returning this fugitive to Chile is a prime example of how ICE works closely with our international law enforcement partners to identify, locate and deport aliens who are wanted in their home countries for allegedly committing crimes,” said Marc J. Moore, field office director for the agency’s Enforcement and Removal Operations.
Since 2009, more than 565 foreign fugitives in the U.S. who were being sought in their native countries for serious crimes have been deported.