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Slava Voynov taken in by US Immigration, could face deportation

Contributed by on September 5, 2015 at 11:44 am

Slava Voynov could be facing serious discipline and even deportation after he was taken into custody by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Wednesday, the Los Angeles Times reports.



The Kings’ Slava Voynov doesn’t sound like he’s heading back to the ice anytime soon, despite getting out of out the Seal Beach Police Detention Center after his no contest plea on a misdemeanor domestic violence.

Voynov, who is signed to a six-year, $25 million contract, was suspended indefinitely without pay by the Kings following the arrest.

Voynov’s probation report said that his wife suggested she is scared of her husband, that he is aggressive when drinking and that he had hit her before.

“He will remain in ICE custody pending a hearing before an immigration judge”.

Voynov was charged in November with a felony count of corporal injury to a spouse with an allegation of great bodily injury.

Per the LA Times, because of the violent nature of Voynov’s legal entanglement – which brought him to the attention of ICE in the first place – the agency didn’t set a bond. “Mr. Voynov entered the U.S.in 2013 on a temporary visa for internationally recognized athletes”. Voynov had appeared at the Kings’ facility as recently as Friday as a part of a work-release program allowed by his sentence.

Voynov was initially arrested last October for allegedly kicking and choking his wife and also pushing her into their television. Voynov will have a hearing in federal immigration court at a yet-undetermined date and location, Kice said.

“His lawyers didn’t seem to think he was going to be deportable based on this when they took the plea”, Todd said.

Defense attorney Blair Berk, who represented Voynov in the criminal case, did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but the involvement of immigration officials is not a surprise. “They may realize that he’s stuck now and he has to just take it”.

Kings’ Slava Voynov taken into federal custody; NHL future murky