Crime

Legal Advisor to Idaho-10 Gets 3-Year Sentence

BURLINGTON, USA - Jorge Orellana Torres Puello, the man who posed as legal adviser to the Idaho-10, the church group which sought to traffic 33 children out of Haiti in February of 2010, will serve time in prison.

A federal court issued Torres a 37 month prison sentence on a 2002 case in which he smuggled people into the United States from Canada.

Torres has eluded authorities in the U.S., Canada, El Salvador and Costa Rica, for 6 years but was discovered in the Dominican Republic when he appeared as adviser for the Idaho-10.

The group from Idaho were released from prison and its ring leader, Laura Silsby, served 3 months and 8 days before being released. Silsby was facing a maximum of 3 years.

Subsequent investigations found that all but one of the 33 children that the group attempted to traffic out of Haiti had at least one living parent.

Extradited to the United States in September of 2010, it is expected that Torres will be released in 8 months for time spent incarcerated in Canada and the Dominican Republic.


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Source: Sacramento Bee , Burlington Free Press , Huffington Post , Dominican Central


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