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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of North Dakota

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Mexican Citizen Sentenced for Reentry of Deported Alien

BISMARCK – U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on April 23, 2013, Rafael Pena-Campos, 47, Tultepec, Mexico, pleaded guilty and was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Patrick A. Conmy on a charge of reentry of deported alien.

Judge Conmy sentenced Pena-Campos to 18 months in federal prison.

On March 17, 2013, Pena-Campos was encountered by the New Town Police Department in New Town, N.D. Pena-Campos possessed only a Mexican voter identification card and U.S. Border Patrol officials were contacted. They discovered that Pena-Campos was a citizen of Mexico and in the United States illegally. Pena-Campos had previously been deported from the United States in 1996 and 2008. He had been convicted of burglary, a felony, in Texas state court in 1996.

The case was investigated by the New Town Police Department and U.S. Border Patrol.

Assistant U.S. Attorney David Hagler prosecuted the case.

Updated January 29, 2015