Rwanda native sentenced to 10 years for masking her role to immigrate and become US citizen

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Associated Press

Posted on July 15, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 15 at 1:01 PM

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced a New Hampshire woman to the maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for lying about her role in the 1994 Rwanda genocide to obtain U.S. citizenship, saying the United States cannot abide being a haven for those involved in genocide.

Beatrice Munyenyezi (moon-yehn-YEH'-zee) was stoic as the judge stated the sentence Monday. She declined her right to address the court.

The 43-year-old Rwandan native was convicted in federal court in February of securing U.S. citizenship by lying about her role as a commander of one of the notorious roadblocks where Tutsis were singled out for slaughter.

U.S. District Judge Steven McAuliffe acknowledged she has led a crime-free and productive life since her arrival in New Hampshire in 1998 but said it was a life lived under false pretenses.

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