The Washington Post

Sentencing on deportation violation for Md. murder suspect

BALTIMORE — The suspect in the slaying of a Frederick restaurant manager faces sentencing in federal court for violating a deportation order.

Twenty-one-year-old Jose Mejia-Varela is due in court in Baltimore Wednesday morning.

He could be imprisoned for up to 20 years for returning from his 2009 deportation to El Salvador. The deportation stemmed from an attempted-robbery conviction in Frederick County.

In October, Frederick city police obtained a warrant charging Mejia-Varela with first-degree murder and armed robbery in the March 18 shooting of Burger King manager Jacinta Ayala.

Police say they will serve the warrant after Mejia-Varela is sentenced in federal court.

He pleaded guilty to the immigration violation in August. In that agreement, he agreed not to contest any new deportation proceedings.

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