(ARIZONA REPUBLIC) The man accused of gunning down a Mesa convenience-store clerk over a pack of cigarettes was facing deportation proceedings but had been released from federal custody on bond, authorities said Monday.
Federal immigration authorities launched the proceedings two years ago against Apolinar Altamirano, but he was released on a $10,000 bond shortly after his conviction on a burglary charge.
While Altamirano, 29, was out of custody, two injunctions against harassment were issued against him by a Mesa Municipal Court judge. "I am in fear for my life," one woman wrote, adding that Altamirano had threatened to kill her "plenty of times" and pointed a gun at her boyfriend, according to court records.
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