An illegal immigrant who was deported after serving 8 years in a Minnesota state prison for killing four children in a 2008 crash involving a school bus, was arrested on Tuesday by ICE officials after returning to Minnesota.
Olga Franco del Cid was convicted in 2008 on 24 counts – 21 of them involving criminal vehicular homicide or operation – in the death of four children and injury to 16 others after authorities charged her with driving a vehicle that ran a stop sign and crashed into a school bus near Cottonwood, in Lyon County, MN, in February of that year.
Franco del Cid claimed at the time that her boyfriend had been driving the vehicle and had fled after the crash because he didn’t want to be deported. However, authorities found her in the minivan with her right foot pinned near the gas pedal following the crash.
A jury found Franco del Cid guilty and she was sentenced to 12 1/2 years in prison. Minnesota only requires that inmates serve two-thirds of their sentence incarcerated, so she was released from custody in 2016 and deported.
Authorities confirmed on Friday that Franco del Cid, 35, had been taken into custody Tuesday evening at her home in Inver Grove Heights following a tip that she had illegally re-entered the country and returned to Minnesota.
If convicted on the charge of illegally re-entering the US, Franco del Cid faces up to 20 years in federal prison.
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