Col. Onocente Orlando Montano, 71, was sentenced in August for immigration fraud. Montano was convicted of seeking refuge in the United States after taking part in a plot to kill six Spanish Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her daughter in El Salvador in 1989. Montano was the nation's deputy minister for public security at the time of the killings.
The Spanish government has sought Montano's extradition to face charges related to the killings. The U.S. government declined to turn over Montano prior to his facing immigration charges here, in part to send a message to others they shouldn't seek to come to the United States for refuge from international crimes. Human rights groups, including the Center for Justice and Accountability, applauded federal prosecutors for charging Montano at the time of his sentencing.
Montano currently is serving time at Butner Corrections Institute, a minimum-security federal prison in Butner, N.C., the federal prison bureau said. The Spanish extradition process is under way.
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