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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Alberto Jose Zapata Morel Sentenced For Illegal Re-entry

ALBERTO JOSE ZAPATA MOREL, age 40, a citizen of
Honduras, was sentenced today in federal court by U. S. District Judge Sarah S. Vance to twenty
(20) months imprisonment, announced U. S. Attorney Dana Boente. In addition to the term of
imprisonment, Judge Vance ordered that MOREL be placed on three (3) years of supervised
release following the term of imprisonment, during which time the defendant will be under federal
supervision and risks an additional term of imprisonment should he violate any terms of his
supervised release.

According to court documents, on November 7, 2012, MOREL, who also goes by the name
Martin de Jesus Herrera-Mayerena, pled guilty to one count of an indictment admitting he was an
alien who was previously removed and was knowingly and unlawfully found in the United States
in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana without the Attorney General or Secretary of the Department of
Homeland Security, having expressly consented to his re-application for admission into the
United States. MOREL’s sentence was subject to an enhancement based on a previous
aggravated felony conviction.

The case was investigated by U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland
Security Investigations (ICE). The case was prosecuted by Special Assistant United States
Attorney Robert Weir.