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01-25-2018, 02:50 PM
ICE missed chances to deport illegal immigrant charged in 5 deaths, slain man's father claims in suit

The father of one of five victims allegedly killed by an illegal immigrant in 2016 has filed a lawsuit against U.S. immigration officials for missing two chances to detain and deport the Mexican national prior to the killings.

Pablo Serrano-Vitorino, 42, was charged with five counts of first-degree murder after he allegedly killed four men in Kansas City, Kan., and later killed another man in Missouri before he was captured, prosecutors said.

In 2016 when the killings occurred, Serrano-Vitorino was arrested and released twice, according to the lawsuit, filed Monday in Kansas City, Kan.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the father of Austin Harter, who was one of the Kansas victims, the Kansas City Star reported.

Serrano-Vitorino illegally re-entered the U.S. sometime after he was deported to Mexico after being convicted of a felony in 2003. Although he was back behind bars in 2014 and 2015, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) failed to detain him, according to the lawsuit.

In 2014, Serrano-Vitorino was arrested for battery in Kansas, but an ICE agent never showed up despite being notified by Wyandotte County jail officials that he was in custody, the lawsuit alleges