Bosnian Immigrant Admits to Hiding Criminal Past
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota man has pleaded guilty to concealing a lengthy criminal history and his military service during the Bosnian war when he entered the U.S.
Zdenko Jakisa was charged last spring with possessing unlawfully obtained documents. Prosecutors say Jakisa, 47, illegally obtained a green card by failing to disclose his military service and a conviction for killing a neighbor in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the 1990s.
Jakisa acknowledged his lengthy criminal history and pleaded guilty to the felony charge Thursday in federal court. Jakisa entered the country in 1998 and currently lives in Forest Lake.
The charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and possible deportation. His plea agreement calls for nine- to 15-month sentence.