Man suspected of killing store clerk, stealing cigarettes was out on bond, facing deportation

An immigrant accused of killing a Phoenix-area convenience store clerk and then calmly walking over the victim and stealing two packs of cigarettes was facing deportation but was out on bond.

Apolinar Altamirano pleaded guilty in 2012 to a burglary charge but did not serve time in prison. U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement took him into custody Jan. 3, 2013, shortly after learning of his conviction.

But the agency decided Altamirano was eligible for bond, and he was released Jan. 7, 2013.

Since then, a Mesa court has issued two injunctions similar to a protection order against Altamirano.

Police say the 29-year-old shot and killed 21-year-old Mesa store clerk Grant Ronnebeck last week.

Ronnebeck already was handing Altamirano a pack of cigarettes when Altamirano shot him. Altamirano then walked over Ronnebeck, grabbed cigarettes and fled.