Butler County Prison handed over an undocumented immigrant to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement after a judge sentenced her to a minimum of nine months in jail for burglary.
After state police arrested Monica Coria-Olvera of Mexico City last year for her role in a home burglary ring, she was detained in Butler County Prison on March 22. Before Coria-Olvera’s guilty plea, President Judge Thomas Doerr denied her request in September 2018 for a bond to be set, keeping her in the jail.
At the time, authorities were worried that if Coria-Olvera was released, she would just be detained by the federal government and deported.
For her time spent in jail, Doerr granted her credit for time served at her sentencing Dec. 13.
Coria-Olvera was released from the jail on Dec. 14 into immigration custody.
Coria-Olvera faced seven felony counts of burglary, one felony count of corrupt organizations, two felony counts of conspiracy, six felony counts of theft, and misdemeanor counts of theft and criminal mischief, according to court documents. But the charges were reduced to one felony count of burglary in her plea deal, for which she was sentenced to nine to 18 months of jail time.
She was one of four co-defendants in the case, which the state police Organized Crime Unit said began last fall in Allegheny County.
The four are charged with a crime spree that eventually spread into Cranberry Township in September 2017, when residents on Scarlet Peak Court reported their home had been broken into and ransacked.
According to court documents, homes in Upper St. Clair, Mount Lebanon, Whitehall, Wexford and Sewickley were broken into, with items stolen totaling from $10,000 to — in one case — $90,000.
There were a total of six break-ins reported in the span of a few days.