ST. PAUL, MN - In November 2019, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) received a tip that Olga Marina Franco Del Cid, 35, was back in Minnesota, after having been deported in 2016, following her release from prison. She was taken into custody later that same month.
On June 11, 2020, U.S. District Court Judge Susan Nelson sentenced Del Cid to 24 months in federal prison, after she pleaded guilty to illegal re-entry after removal and using a false Social Security number.
She should be deported again, following her release.
However, that is now in question, following the Biden administration's new orders on deportations.
So, why was she deported the first time?
In February 2008, Olga Marina Franco Del Cid (a.k.a. Alianiss Nunez Morales) went sailing past a stop sign on County Road 24 in Cottonwood, Minnesota, and right into a school bus carrying 28 Lakeview School students. The bus flipped over on its side, injuring several children and killing four others (Emilee Olson, 9; Hunter Javens, 9; Jesse Javens, 13; and Reed Stevens, 12).
In addition to the children who were killed, four others were hospitalized at Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Another child was transported to the Mayo Clinic.
Del Cid who originally gave police her alias, told investigators that she was on her way to work when she caused the fatal wreck. Despite her illegal status, she was employed by Norcraft Cabinetry in nearby Eagan.
Apparently, the illegal alien was not even licensed to drive in her own country of Guatemala. Lt. Mark Peterson of the Minnesota State Patrol told reporters:
“She doesn’t have a drivers’ license anywhere that we’re aware of.”
Of course, that was not the Guatemalan's first brush with the law. In 2006 she pleaded guilty in a Chippewa County court to driving without a license.
In August 2008, a Kandiyohi County jury convicted Del Cid on four counts of criminal vehicular homicide and 17 counts of criminal vehicular operation, giving a false name to police, failing to stop at the entrance to a thruway and driving without a valid license. She was subsequently sentenced to 12 and a half years in prison.