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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 17, 2013

David Gonzalez Pleads Guilty To Illegal Reentry

DAVID GONZALEZ (a/k/a Othoniel David Reconco), age 24, a citizen of Honduras, pled guilty in federal court today before U. S. District Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle to a one-count indictment charging him with illegal re-entry of a removed alien, announced U.S. Attorney Dana J. Boente.

According to court documents, GONZALEZ admitted to being an alien who had previously been removed from the United States, was found in the United States, in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana on January 24, 2013, without having obtained consent from the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to reapply for admission to the United States.

The indictment charging GONZALEZ with illegal reentry also included a notice of sentencing enhancement based on his prior aggravated felony conviction.  With the enhancement, the charge carries a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years imprisonment, a fine of $250,000, and 3 years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.  Sentencing for the defendant is scheduled for July 2, 2013 at 2:00 P.M.

This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement with the assistance of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.  The prosecution is being handled by Special Assistant United States Attorney Robert Weir.

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