I am still leaning towards the belief that he will be returned to El Salvador but am hoping for his extradition to Spain. Perhaps a Spanish court proceeding will kick start the wheels of justice in his home country.
Under a deal with prosecutors, Montano pleaded guilty to three counts of immigration fraud and three counts of perjury. He admitted he lied when he applied for temporary protected status, a designation that allows some foreigners to stay in the United States if they are unable to safely return to their own country because of an armed conflict or other reasons.
Government attorneys say sentencing guidelines call for up to two years in prison. Montano's lawyer said he expects to argue at the Dec. 18 sentencing hearing that the guidelines call for less.The US government has not yet decided, or won't say, whether it will respect Spain's request that he be extradited.