Woman Convicted in Wenatchee Physician DUI Death Deported Multiple Times

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Dr Richard Tucker provided by Confluence Health

WENATCHEE, WA.-A woman convicted 11 years ago in the drunk driving death of a prominent Wenatchee physician has been deported to Mexico multiple times after being arrested in the US for more criminal activity.

Imelda Garcia-Leon pleaded guilty in Chelan County Superior Court in 2007 to charges of Vehicular Homicide in the death of Dr. Richard Tucker, a well respected physician and community leader. She was sentenced to 41 months in prison and then deported after serving her sentence.

Documents filed in the US District Court in Tacoma say Garcia-Leon reentered the US and received three third-degree theft convictions from 2010 to 2012 in Federal Way and Tukwila. After being deported again she returned and in 2013 was convicted in King County Superior Court of DUI and deported again after serving a 13 month sentence at the Gig Harbor Center for Women.

In 2014 she was again sent to prison after pleading guilty to illegally reentering the country. In 2016 she was detained again by Border Patrol officers when she crossed the border near Nogales in Arizona.

Garcia-Leon was incarcerated for a year after pleading guilty and was ordered to serve 3 years on supervised release afterwards.

Click on the link below for full text of US District Court filing

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