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Murder suspect was deported from U.S. at least 8 times

Murder suspect was deported from U.S. at least 8 times

BENTON COUNTY, Wash. - Immigration agents say a murder suspect accused of shooting a man at a dairy farm in Milton-Freewater was deported from the United States at least eight times.

Local agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said Antonio Vasquez Vargas is a citizen of Mexico in the U.S. illegally.

According to a statement, ICE lodged a detainer with the Benton County Jail on Antonio Vasquez Vargas, who is also known as Deciderio Vargas-Ortiz, after he was arrested on local charges. In March of 2004, Vasquez Vargas was convicted in U.S. District Court for violation of 8 USC 1326(B)(2) Aggravated Felon Re-Entry After Deportation and was sentenced to 39 months in prison.

Vasquez Vargas is accused of shooting and killing 35-year-old Renee Luiz-Antonio while he was driving a tractor at the Umapine Creamery.

Umatilla County Sheriff says they believe there was a lengthy dispute between Luiz-Antonio and another employee at the dairy farm.

The 52-year-old was arrested Nov. 27 at the Clover Island Inn in Kennewick.

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