Brazilian murderer bagged in Framingham Saturday, June 24, 2006
David McLaughlin 508-626-4338 Metrowest Daily News
FRAMINGHAM -- A man convicted of murder in his native Brazil faces deportation after federal immigration officers this week arrested him in his Waverley Street apartment.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers arrested Joao Gabriel Pereira Da Silva, 51, Tuesday night in his 582 Waverley St. apartment.  He is being held without bond and will appear before a federal immigration judge.

According to the federal government, Da Silva was living illegally in the United States for years after he fled Brazil following his 1998 murder conviction there.

A spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Boston office did not know yesterday how long Da Silva was living in Framingham or why he came here.  He had been sentenced to 20 to 30 years for the killing, which stemmed from an unpaid debt, the government said.

"We received information about his whereabouts, and he was arrested Tuesday without incident," spokeswoman Paula Grenier said.

It was not clear how long deportation proceedings may last.  A spokesman for the Executive Office for Immigration Review said it may be six months to complete the hearing if Da Silva opposes deportation.  He can also appeal the decision.

"Most of them fight it," said spokeswoman Susan Eastwood.

When they nabbed Da Silva, immigration officers also arrested Jose Gomes Dos Santos in the same apartment.  Grenier said Dos Santos is a Brazilian national who was ordered deported in March.

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