Salvadoran Pleads Guilty In Immigration Case

 Updated September 11, 2012, 12:00 pm

A former El Salvadoran military official accused of colluding in the 1989 slayings of six Jesuit priests has pleaded guilty to immigration charges.

Inocente Orlando Montano was among 20 Salvadorans separately indicted in Spain for their alleged roles in the killings.

The 70-year-old Montano had lived in the Boston area for about a decade when he was arrested last year on charges including making false statements on immigration forms. The government says Montano answered “no” to several questions, including whether he had served in a military unit.

Under an agreement with prosecutors, Montano pleaded guilty Tuesday to three counts of immigration fraud and three counts of perjury.

Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 18. Government attorneys say sentencing guidelines call for up to two years in prison.

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