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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 4, 2013

Two Aliens Sentenced For Illegal Reentry

JAIRO MAURICIO SAGASTUME-ALVARENGA, age 29, a citizen of Honduras, and WALTER ANDRES RAMIREZ, age 30, a citizen of El Salvador, were each sentenced today in federal court by U. S. District Judge Eldon E. Fallon, announced U.S. Attorney Dana Boente.  SAGASTUME was sentenced to thirty-six (36) months imprisonment and RAMIREZ was sentenced to twenty (20) months imprisonment.  In addition to the term of imprisonment, Judge Fallon ordered that SAGASTUME and RAMIREZ be placed on three (3) years of supervised release following their terms of imprisonment during which time the defendants will be under federal supervision and risk an additional term of imprisonment should they violate any terms of supervised release.

According to court documents, on November 1, 2012, SAGASTUME and RAMIREZ each pled guilty to separate one-count indictments admitting they were aliens who were previously removed and were 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 their re-application for admission into the United States.  Both defendants’ sentences were subject to enhancement based on previous aggravated felony convictions.       

This case was investigated by United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations.  The case was prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Robert Weir.