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A Somali undocumented male was released by ICE before the murders

A man with ties to four Minot residents who were found dead last week has a criminal record in Minnesota, including the stabbing of a Minneapolis man.

Omar Mohamed Kalmio was charged in 2006 for stabbing a man in the back three times and once in the face during an altercation on Jan. 6, 2006, a criminal complaint from Hennepin County, Minn., stated.

Kalmio was charged with assault in the third degree, a felony, and was sentenced to serve one year and one day in jail. Credited for 143 days already served, Kalmio completed his jail sentence in January 2007.

On Feb. 1, Kalmio was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Minot, and was held in the Ward County Jail until the following day, when officials with ICE picked him up.

"Mr. Kalmio was arrested under an administrative charge for failure to abide by the terms of his supervised release related to an assault charge in Minnesota," Shawn Neudauer, a public affairs officer for ICE, said.

Neudauer noted that Kalmio was previously held in ICE custody until May 2010. He cited a Supreme Court case, Zadvydas vs. Davis, for the reason that Kalmio was let go: "Short of the alien posing an immediate threat to the public or having a mental health ailment which would pose a threat, an alien in this position must be released." In short, without a justifiable reason for detention, Kalmio was released after 90 days.

It is the practice of immigration officials to begin deportation proceedings immediately after an alien offender is released from local or state custody. But that gets dicier when dealing with offenders from countries that either refuse to take them back or do not have formal relations with the United States.

Somalis can still be under deportation orders, but those orders are not acted upon.

When asked whether officials obtained a deportation order regarding the man, immigration officials referred to a June 2001 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court.

In that ruling, a Lithuanian man with a long criminal record who had been ordered deported could not be deported because no country would accept him. Yet, the high court ruled, U.S. officials could also not keep him locked up indefinitely. Generally, the court ruled, such offenders cannot be detained for more than six months.