SUSPECT IN 2009 MURDER EXTRADITED FROM MEXICO
Posted: March 22nd, 2012 7:13 PM
The Salem Police Department and the Marion County District Attorney's Office are pleased to report that Lorenzo Garcia-Ceja, 20 years of age, has been extradited from Mexico today and has been lodged at the Marion County Correctional Facility. Garcia is the suspect in the May 26, 2009 shooting in Northgate Park that killed Montez Bailey, who was 20 years of age; and wounded Skylar Hyland, 24 years of age, and Cameron Carolino, 23 years of age.
Garcia fled to Mexico shortly after the shooting. Detective Jamie Vasas of the Salem Police Department developed information that Lorenzo Garcia-Ceja was with his 31 year old brother Manuel Garcia-Ceja in Zamora, Michoacan, Mexico. Manuel was also a fugitive from Salem, wanted for Attempted Murder involving the 2006 stabbing of an ex-girlfriend. The Salem Police Department contacted the FBI and requested their assistance in the apprehension of the two. Detective Vasas and Deputy District Attorney Paige Clarkson prepared Federal Provisional Arrest Warrants for the brothers.
On June 3, 2010, Mexican law enforcement officers, in cooperation with the FBI, arrested Lorenzo and Manuel in Zamora and the pair were transported to a prison in Mexico City for processing.
On November 3, 2010, Manuel Garcia-Ceja was extradited back to the United States. He has since pled guilty to Attempted Murder and Assault in the First Degree and was sentenced to 90 months in prison on December 13, 2010. Lorenzo Garcia-Ceja remained in Mexico challenging extradition.
The successful extradition of Lorenzo Garcia-Ceja will now allow the 2009 murder to be prosecuted in Marion County. This would not have been possible without the cooperation of Mexican authorities, the United States Department of Justice-Office of International Affairs, the FBI, the Marion County District Attorney's Office, and the Salem Police Department.
Garcia-Ceja is expected to appear in Marion County Circuit Court located at 4000 Aumsville Highway on Monday March 26, 2012 at 3PM.
All further press releases regarding this case will come from the Marion County District Attorney's Office. They can be reached at (503)588-5222.
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