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Federal judge leaves deportation fight to immigration court by imposing lighter sentence


WICHITA, Kansas — A judge has made it easier for a man to fight deportation after prosecutors say he posed for decades in the U.S. as his dead infant brother to escape child support obligations and other legal difficulties in Canada.

U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten on Thursday sentenced Leslie Lyle Camick to 364 days for obstruction of justice — just a day shy of the one-year sentence prosecutors wanted to make his crime an aggravated felony leading to immediate deportation. He has been in custody for 27 months.

Camick was convicted in 2014 of identity theft, fraud and other charges.

An appeals court in September overturned most convictions for lack of sufficient evidence, ordering resentencing for the remaining obstruction count. It found Camick sued the victim after his indictment as retaliation.

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