Mexican national in Kansas City area headed to prison for third illegal entry, after firebombing his wife and multiple driving offenses

An illegal immigrant who once firebombed his wife in her moving vehicle, and was arrested for various driving offenses in the Kansas City and Lawrence areas, has been sentenced for illegally entering the United States three times.

Juan Antonio Tejeda-Quiroz, 42, a Mexican national living in Grandview, was sentenced by a federal judge Wednesday to three and a half years in federal prison without parole.

Tejeda-Quiroz had entered the U.S. in February 1994, and was deported the first time on Dec. 4, 2001 after receiving probation and a deferred sentence in the firebombing of his wife in Texas.

“On Sept. 6, 2001, Tejeda-Quiroz was convicted of two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one count of arson,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Missouri wrote about the Texas case in a statement Thursday. “He threw a firebomb inside a car occupied by his wife, causing her to jump from the moving car that caught fire and exploded, and then used his car to threaten her.”

Tejeda-Quiroz re-entered the U.S. not long after, as he was arrested again for burglary of a vehicle on Dec. 8, 2002. In 2006 he was arrested for re-entering the U.S. illegally, which violated his probation in the firebombing case. He was sentenced to six and a half years in prison, then was deported again on July 13, 2012.

He re-entered the U.S. a third time in 2018 and was subsequently arrested for driving under the influence in Lawrence, Kansas (2018) and for driving without a valid license in Liberty, Missouri (2021) and Olathe, Kansas (2022).

Tejeda-Quiroz pleaded guilty on Sept. 22, 2022, to one count of “illegally reentering the United States after having been deported following a conviction for a crime of violence.”

That came after an April 30, 2022 incident in which he crashed his car into a parked Grandview police vehicle in the 13000 block of 15th Street in Grandview. He was arrested for driving while intoxicated.

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