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08/20/2014

Utah woman deported to El Salvador to face charges of killing Michigan man

Suspect accused of orchestrating her estranged American husband's murder

LAS VEGAS (Aug. 15) – Salvadoran national Nuri Liseth Aquino-Torres, formerly of Ogden, Utah, is transferred to an ICE air charter at McCarran International Airport prior to her deportation Wednesday.
Photo: LAS VEGAS (Aug. 15) – Salvadoran national Nuri Liseth Aquino-Torres, formerly of Ogden, Utah, is transferred to an ICE air charter at McCarran International Airport prior to her deportation Wednesday.

SALT LAKE CITY — An Ogden woman wanted by Salvadoran authorities for allegedly orchestrating the February 2013 murder of her husband was deported to El Salvador Wednesday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).

Nuri Liseth Aquino-Torres (Brown), 28, was transported on board a charter flight coordinated by ERO’s Air Operations Unit and turned over to Salvadoran authorities Wednesday afternoon at the international airport outside San Salvador. Aquino-Torres is the subject of an Interpol red notice and a fugitive arrest warrant issued in January by a Salvadoran court in the municipality of Izalco in the department of Sonsonate.

Aquino-Torres is accused of planning the murder of her then estranged husband, 53-year-old Michael James Brown, court documents state. According to his obituary, Brown was a U.S. Army veteran from Three Oaks, Michigan.

Salt Lake City-based ERO fugitive operations officers located and arrested Aquino-Torres at her Ogden residence in March. She was placed in removal proceedings and an immigration judge ordered her removed from the U.S. in July.

“ICE has teams dedicated to locating and arresting aliens wanted for prosecution in foreign countries,” said Thomas Feeley, field officer director for ERO Salt Lake City. “Foreign fugitives are mistaken if they believe they can hide in the U.S. to escape justice in their home countries.”

Since Oct. 1, 2009, ERO has removed more than 720 foreign fugitives from the United States who were being sought in their native countries for serious crimes, including kidnapping, rape and murder. ERO works with HSI’s Office of International Operations, foreign consular offices in the United States, and Interpol to identify foreign fugitives illegally present in the country.