Man wanted for murder in Brazil arrested in Mass.
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. -- A 42-year-old man convicted of murder in Brazil more than two years ago has been arrested in Framingham by federal immigration officials.
Vander Pedro Silveira was being held Sunday by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to a report in the MetroWest Daily News.
Silveira was convicted in absentia in August 2004 of killing Gilson Dias Coelho during a 1999 argument in the village of Corrego Do Guiavo, which is near the city of Tarumrim, Brazil.
His arrest on Friday was the third in Framingham since 2005 of an illegal Brazilian immigrant convicted of murder in Brazil, according to ICE.
"These three treacherous fugitives were living openly in a suburban Massachusetts community," Bruce Foucart, ICE special agent in Boston, told the newspaper.
Silveira allegedly shot the other man because of an accident involving the victim's ex-wife. Silveira allegedly fled Brazil in 2003 and came to Framingham.
He was arrested after ICE received an anonymous tip.
Silveira is being held at a federal detention center. A deportation hearing has not been scheduled.
Joao Gabriel Da Silva, a convicted Brazilian murderer, was arrested in Framingham last June, the newspaper reported. Rodrigo Barros, also convicted of murder in Brazil, was arrested in Framingham in March 2005.
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