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Woman deported after fatal bus crash in Cottonwood pleads to illegal re-entry

Franco del-Cid of Guatemala served eight years in prison for the bus crash that killed four children near Cottonwood in 2008. She was deported, but was arrested at her residence in Inver Grove Heights in November 2019 for illegal re-entry. She pleaded guilty to the offense on Monday in U.S. District Court in St. Paul

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Franco del-Cid

ST. PAUL — Olga Marina Franco del-Cid, 36, pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in St. Paul to two federal charges, according to the U.S. District Attorney’s Office.

Franco del-Cid pleaded guilty before Judge Susan Richard Nelson to a count of illegal re-entry and one count of false representation of a Social Security account number. She will be sentenced on June 11.

Franco del-Cid, of Guatemala, was convicted in 2008 in Lyon County as the driver of a van that ran a stop sign Feb. 19, 2008, and crashed into a school bus near Cottonwood, killing four children and injuring 17.

She served eight years in prison after being convicted of four felony convictions of criminal vehicular homicide, 17 counts of criminal vehicular operation, giving a false name to police, failing to stop at the entrance of a highway and driving without a driver’s license. She was deported on May 4, 2016, following her release from the Minnesota Correctional Facility for Women in Shakopee.

The U.S. Attorney’s office reported that she was found in the United States on Nov. 26 in violation of the previous removal. She was arrested at her residence in Inver Grove Heights, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

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While in prison, Franco del Cid began corresponding with Jerome Harvieux, of Maple Grove, the Pioneer Press reported. The couple married in 2009 and have a child together, but Harvieux filed for divorce in October, according to court documents.

In pleading guilty, the U.S. District Attorney Office reported that Franco Del-Cid admitted to illegal re-entry and falsely representing a Social Security number on an Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9.

The case is the result of an investigation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura M. Provinzino is prosecuting the case, according to information from the U.S. District Attorney’s Office.

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