PH Consulate offers help to undocumented Pinoy accused of shooting rampage

By Balitang America Staff, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

March 19, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – An undocumented Filipino facing murder charges in Ohio is being offered help by the Philippine government.

Philippine consulate officials have reached out to Igmidio Mista, 33, who was arrested March 10 and held in jail without bail following a March 9 bar shooting in Fremont, Ohio.

Mista reportedly shot to death three people and wounded another. One of those killed was an off-duty police officer.

Consul General Leo Herrera said they offered to provide legal assistance to Mista, who reportedly has no immediate relatives in the US.

Herrera said Mista’s undocumented status will have no bearing on charges that he faces.

“The court system in the US pretty much relies on the facts of the incident,” he told Balitang America in live interview. “In terms of being undocumented, in fact the consulate would resist if it gets put forward in the case as a factor.”

A municipal court judge has set a preliminary hearing for Mista on March 20 and ordered him held without bail at the Sandusky County Jail.

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  • ID
    19 March 2014 at 10:55 pm - Reply

    WOW look what happens when undocumented is in America ? Shame this 33 years old filipino facing murder of three people and one was a off-duty police officer ! He’s gone he will never go back to philippines again, I guess he will be lock up for life or sentence to die ? He better say goodbye to his family in Philippines.

  • Kikay Pang0
    21 March 2014 at 7:18 pm - Reply

    He’s still hoping DHS will grant him TPS while in death row.