Twice-Deported Waltham Stabbing Convict Pleads Guilty to Federal Re-entry Charge


By Chris Wangler

January 13, 2022

A Guatemalan national who served time for a 2020 Waltham stabbing has pleaded guilty to re-entering the U.S. illegally. 

When he is sentenced in federal court, Darwin Geovani Herrera Orellana, 31, of Waltham, could face prison time and a third removal.

Herrera Orellana was deported twice to Guatemala from the U.S.  after being apprehended in Arizona in 2009 and Texas in 2012, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

He crossed again and came to Waltham. 

On December 23, 2020, while in his Charles Street residence, Herrera Orellana stabbed a man multiple times after accusing him of having relations with his wife. 

Waltham Police responded, guns drawn, and arrested him without incident. 

The 28-year-old victim’s thick Snap-On Tools jacket prevented the chef’s knife from causing serious injury, according to court records. 

He declined both medical treatment on scene and a restraining order against his attacker.

Herrera Orellana was ordered held without bail and was convicted of A&B with a dangerous weapon in June 2021. He was sentenced in Waltham District Court to 14 months in the Middlesex House of Correction. 

While incarcerated, federal agents “determined that Herrera Orellana was illegally present in the United States after the fingerprints from his Waltham arrest and noncitizen records were determined to be a positive match,” according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Upon completion of his sentence, Herrera Orellana was transferred into federal custody. Last week he pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful re-entry of a deported alien.

He will be sentenced in May and could face prison time and another deportation.