Former Serb army soldier avoids prison time for lying on refugee application

The father of a former Miss Oregon who lied about his army service during the Bosnian civil war when he applied for asylum in the United States has been sentenced to one year of probation.

Milenko Krstic pleaded guilty nearly two months ago and received the most lenient federal sentence for a felony crime on Friday. Immigration officials, however, will likely seek to deport him and possibly his wife and two daughters.

The 53-year-old Krstic didn't tell U.S. immigration officials that he served in the Bosnian Serb army. Disclosing his service would have delayed or denied his refugee application.

Krstic brought his family to the Portland area as refugees in 1998. Two years ago, daughter Danijela was crowned Miss Oregon, the first foreign-born contestant to win.


Information from: The Oregonian,