A 21-year-old Chinese man convicted of vehicular homicide and reckless endangerment for a 2012 Des Moines crash was deported Thursday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).
Yichun Xu was placed on a commercial flight from Seattle back to China Nov. 20 by ERO officers. The former South Puget Sound Community College student came to the attention of ERO following his November 2012 arrest on multiple vehicular assault charges. Court records state Xu failed to stop at a stop sign and struck another vehicle, killing the driver and severely injuring three passengers. At the time Xu was lawfully present in the country on a student visa.
Xu pleaded guilty in February to vehicular homicide and three counts of reckless endangerment. He was sentenced in March to 17-and-a-half months in state prison.
Xu came to ERO custody after his release from state prison and was placed into removal proceedings. On Nov. 6 an immigration judge ordered Xu removed. As part of the order, Xu is banned from re-entering the U.S. for 10 years. (end)