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ANCHORAGE (AP) — A man awaiting trial in a first-degree murder case in Anchorage has been convicted of violating federal immigration law.
KTUU-TV reports a federal jury convicted Dominican Republic citizen Javier Martinez, 48, of five counts of making false claims of U.S. citizenship and aggravated identity theft. He also was convicted of re-entry after deportation and possession of a gun as an illegal alien.
Martinez is scheduled to stand trial Aug. 26 in the shooting death of his former boss, Kerry Fadely, a manager at the Millennium Hotel.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Martinez in 1992 was deported after a felony drug conviction. He was placed on a flight from Miami. Martinez said he was not deported because he left the aircraft before it departed. Federal officials dispute that account. In the federal case, Martinez was convicted of using the name of Puerto Rico resident Victor Rodriguez Flores to apply for an Alaska identification card. Federal officials said he used the name to get jobs at the Sheraton Hotel, Embassy Suites, Quality Inn and the Millennium.
"Evidence presented at trial showed that Martinez falsely claimed to be a U.S. citizen on application forms filed with the Alaska DMV and each of the hotels where he worked," according to prosecutors.
Martinez was fired from his job as a waiter at the Millennium in mid-October 2011. According to police, he walked into the hotel on Oct. 29 armed with a .45-caliber handgun and shot Fadely, his former manager.