Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Luis Alberto Solano-Pimental, Fugitive Apprehended After 20 Years

Defendant sentenced for failing to appear at 1997 sentencing hearing

BOSTON, Ms. – A Dominican national was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Boston for failing to appear for a sentencing hearing in 1997 following a conviction for passport fraud. He was also sentenced yesterday for the passport fraud.

Luis Alberto Solano-Pimental, 51, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Mark L. Wolf to 16 months in prison and three years of supervised release. Solano-Pimental will be subject to deportation proceedings upon completion of his sentence.

In 1997, Solano-Pimental pleaded guilty to passport fraud in federal court in Boston, but failed to appear on his scheduled sentencing date. For more than 20 years, Solano-Pimental remained a fugitive until he was arrested in Warwick, R.I., on March 6, 2018; he has been detained since. He was then charged with failing to appear for the 1997 sentencing hearing, which he pleaded guilty to in May 2018.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; William B. Gannon, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of State, Diplomatic Security Service, Boston Field Office; John Gibbons, United States Marshal for the District of Massachusetts; and Jamie A. Hainsworth, United State Marshal for the District of Rhode Island, made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christine Wichers of Lelling’s Major Crimes Unit prosecuted the case.

SOURCE: news provided by JUSTICE.GOV on March 6, 2019.