You are here

Justice News

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 17, 2013

Rafael Antonio Murillo Indicted On Illegal Re-entry Charge

RAFAEL ANTONIO MURILLO, age 41, a citizen of El Salvador, was charged today in a one-count indictment by a Federal Grand Jury for illegal re-entry by an alien previously removed, announced U. S. Attorney Dana J. Boente.

According to court documents, on or about December 19, 2012, MURILLO, an alien who had previously been removed from the United States, was found in the United States, in Jefferson Parish within the Eastern District of Louisiana, without having obtained consent from the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to reapply for admission to the United States.

If convicted, MURILLO, who was convicted of a felony prior to his previous removal, faces a maximum term of imprisonment of ten (10) years, a fine of $250,000 and three (3) years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.

U. S. Attorney Boente reiterated that the indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

The case was investigated by U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) - Enforcement and Removal Operations with the assistance of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office. The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U. S. Attorney Robert Weir.

(Download Indictment )