State hands homicide case to federal prosecutors

Posted: Sunday, October 27, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State prosecutors have dropped a murder charge against a man accused in a downtown Anchorage shooting.

Miguel A. Orellana, 18, was turned over to federal prosecutors Wednesday. If convicted on the federal charges, he could spend the rest of his life in prison.

Orellana admits he shot Dustin Lloyd to death Oct. 10 during a drug deal at a parking garage downtown, Anchorage police say.

He now faces charges of firing a gun while dealing drugs, according to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday. He appeared in U.S. District Court on Thursday.

Orellana, of Anchorage, faces a minimum of 10 years in prison if prosecutors prove he fired the .380 Bryco semiautomatic pistol during a drug deal. He could be sentenced to life in prison if prosecutors prove he caused Lloyd's death.

A magistrate ordered Orellana held without bail at the Anchorage Jail.

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