CHICAGO (CBS) — A 27-year-old man convicted of second-degree murder for his role in the 2005 beating death of a UIC student, was deported Tuesday to his native Lithuania.
Mantas Matulis was deported via a commercial airline, escorted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations officers. He arrived Wednesday in Vilnius, Lithuania, a statement from ICE said.
Matulis was convicted of murder in May of 2007 in connection with the slaying of Tombol Malik. The 23-year-old Malik was beaten to death with a bicycle lock near the University of Illinois at Chicago campus on the Near West Side on July 9, 2005, the statement said.
Matulis’ co-defendant, Muaz Haffar, fled to Syria before trial and was convicted in absentia on April 16, 2007, of second-degree murder, according to ICE.
Matulis was sentenced to 18 years in prison, and received credit for the 670 days of time in the Cook County Jail. He was released from prison on Nov. 29, 2012, and turned over to ICE. He remained in ICE custody until his removal.
Matulis had entered the United States on March 23, 2000, as a U.S. permanent resident, according to ICE.
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