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Man living in U.S. illegally faces upgraded charges, makes first court appearance

Man living in U.S. illegally has first court appearance after fatal DWI crash

Update: Tuesday, 4:30 a.m.

Family and friends of 49-year-old Mark Knapp filled the courtroom Monday night for Heriberto Perez-Velasquez’s first court appearance after allegedly driving drunk and killing Mark on November 10.

Senior Assistant Cayuga County District Attorney Diane Adsit says it’s tough for the family.

“They’re still very raw at this point. The whole thing has been very difficult for them as it always is in these cases where someone is killed for no good reason,” said ADA Adsit.

Perez-Velasquez is accused of driving drunk and hitting Mark while he drove his tractor to a car wash in Weedsport on November 10.

During his court appearance, the D.A.’s office increased his charges after getting blood test results that allege Perez-Velasquez B.A.C. was .21.

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Man living in U.S. illegally facing upgraded charges for role in fatal wreck

Update: Monday, 5 p.m.

Prosecutors have upgraded the charges against a Guatemalan man following a fatal wreck in Weedsport along Route 31.

Heriberto Perez-Velasquez, 31, who was living in Savannah was charged with aggravated vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of a fatal accident, and also aggravated driving while intoxicated.

Perez-Velasquez was found to have a 0.21% blood alcohol content at the time of the wreck. Officials say that aggravated DWI and resisting arrest charges are also pending in Wayne County.

He had been arrested on October 19th after being arrested for driving while intoxicated. His blood alcohol content in that incident was 0.22%.

Cayuga County District Attorney Jon Budelmann says Perez-Velasquez is also being arraigned on a federal charge of illegal re-entry into the U.S. He had been deported in 2007, but re-entered illegally.

Budelmann noted that due to the federal charge – Perez-Velasquez will not be able to be released from jail after new bail reforms take place on January 1st.


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