BELMONT, MASS. (WHDH) – A Colombian refugee convicted of the shooting death of his wife and attempted murder of his daughter in 1994 was arrested in Belmont on April 13, authorities said.
William Hernando Usma Acosta, 61, lived in Belmont under the alias Carlos Alberto Rendon, according to a statement from the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Authorities say Acosta fled Colombia in the summer of 1994 after shooting his wife Laura Rose Agudelo and attempting to murder his daughter. Federal agents believe Acosta entered the United States illegally in 1995 before gaining legal permanent resident status in Somerville, Massachusetts under his alias after marrying an American citizen. Since then, Rendon and his family had relocated to Belmont.
The FBI became aware of Rendon after he submitted an application to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services for naturalization. Authorities say the Colombian birth certificate that was submitted was fake and that Rendon’s fingerprints were identified as matching Acosta’s.
Acosta faces 45 years in prison for aggravated murder, attempted murder and illegal possession of weapons.
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