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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 25, 2013

Alien, Jose Transito Lopez, Sentenced For Illegal Reentry

JOSE TRANSITO LOPEZ, age 34, a citizen of Honduras, was sentenced today in federal court by U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo to 82 months imprisonment, announced U.S. Attorney Dana Boente.  In addition to the term of imprisonment, Judge Milazzo ordered that LOPEZ be placed on three 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 supervised release.

According to court documents, on March 7, 2013, LOPEZ pled guilty to a one-count indictment admitting he was an alien who was previously removed and was knowingly and unlawfully found in the United States, in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana on November 14, 2012, 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.  LOPEZ’s sentence was subject to enhancement based on a previous aggravated felony conviction.              

This case was investigated by United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement - Enforcement and Removal Operations and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.  The case was prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Robert Weir.