updated 10/22/2008 9:52:23 PM ET 2008-10-23T01:52:23

A Mexican citizen who allegedly confessed to killing at least 10 women in the violent border city of Juarez was back in his home country on Wednesday to face justice.

Jose Francisco Granados de la Paz was extradited on Tuesday to stand trial for aggravated homicide in a string of slayings of women, the U.S. Justice Department said. He was expected to appear before a Mexican judge next week.

Granados de la Paz, 30, allegedly acknowledged to Mexican and Texas authorities that he killed at least 10 women near Ciudad Juarez from about 1993 to 2006 as "offerings to Satan," according to the extradition complaint.

The U.S. Justice Department said the extradition is the first use of a special provision of the U.S.-Mexico Extradition Treaty that allows suspects to serve the remainder of their sentence in another country.

Spent more than 3 years in U.S. prison
In April 2006, Granados de la Paz was sentenced to more than three years in prison for immigration violations in the U.S. He has been serving time at the Lewisburg Federal Prison in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, but will serve the rest of his sentence in Mexico, in addition to any sentence he may receive from a Mexican court.

"By working together, we ensure criminals are brought to justice on both sides of the border," U.S. Acting Assistant Attorney General Matthew Friedrich said in a statement.

The extradition request was granted last year and focused on Granados de la Paz's alleged confession to stabbing Mayra Juliana Reyes Solis in 2001.

Her body, and the remains of four other women, were found five months later in a canal in Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, Texas.

In 2006, Denver police arrested a suspected accomplice, construction worker Edgar Alvarez Cruz, whom Mexican authorities have charged with the killing. Alvarez Cruz owned and was driving the car in which Reyes Solis was killed, according to excerpts from Granados de la Paz's confession that were included in the extradition complaint.

Victims' bodies dumped in desert
During the decade that ended in 2003, more than 100 women disappeared in Ciudad Juarez. Many of them were young women last seen in the city's downtown area or after boarding buses. The victims' bodies were often dumped in the desert outside the city.

Activists in Ciudad Juarez said they weren't convinced Granados de la Paz was involved in the killings, mostly because previous investigations of the killings had been botched.

"We are going to pay close attention to what Granados de la Paz does, what he says, how he says it, given that he has said he was too high on drugs to have carried out the killings," said Victoria Caraveo of Women in Search of Justice.

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