Dominican Illegal Alien Pleads Guilty in Attempted Murder Case
June 14, 2006 12:39 AM EST

by Jim Kouri - BOSTON, MA -- On the day he was scheduled to begin his federal trial, a Lawrence, Massachusetts man instead pleaded guilty to the charge of unlawful re-entry into the United States after having been previously deported.

Tony Diaz, a.k.a. Jose Rivera, a.k.a. Santo Romero Villar, age 41, Lawrence, pleaded guilty yesterday before U.S. District Judge Joseph L. Tauro to illegally re-entering the United States after having been previously deported to his native Dominican Republic.

At yesterday's plea hearing, the prosecutor told the Court that, had the case proceeded to trial, the Government's evidence would have proven that on July 14, 2004, Diaz was involved in an attempted murder at the Law Grill in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

A dispute had occurred in the Grill between Diaz and two brothers. The two men exited the grill when Diaz became angry. Diaz followed them out of the Grill, proceeded to his car and shot at least three rounds of ammunition from a .45 caliber handgun at the men. As the intended victims drove to the Lawrence police station they called 911 and reported what had happened. Lawrence Police then dispatched multiple police officers to the scene eventually locating DIAZ driving a blue BMW with the gun on the floorboard of the car.

At the time of his arrest, DIAZ identified himself to Lawrence police as "Jose Rivera" and was carrying documents in that name. His prints were taken by the Lawrence police and submitted to the FBI's Special Processing Unit and were found to be a perfect match for those prints already on file under the name "Tony Diaz." The Alien File, maintained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, revealed that Diaz had been deported on two prior

Judge Robert Tauro scheduled sentencing for September 11, 2006, at 10:00 a.m. Diaz faces up to 20 years' imprisonment, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release, and a $ 250,000 fine. Upon completion of any prison term that may be imposed, he faces deportation to the Dominican Republic.