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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Pennsylvania

Monday, June 24, 2013

Deported Alien Pleads Guilty, Sentenced For Unlawfully Re-entering U.S.

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - A citizen of Mexico entered a plea of guilty to a one-count indictment and has been sentenced in federal court to two months in prison, no supervised release, and ordered immediately turned over to the custody of the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement for deportation to Mexico on his conviction of re-entry of a removed alien, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson imposed the sentence on Miguel Cortez-Cagal, 32.

According to information presented to the court, on April 10, 2013, Cortez-Cagal, an alien who had been deported from the United States on Jan. 19, 2010, was found in Altoona, Pa. He had unlawfully re-entered this country without receiving permission from the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to do so.

Assistant United States Attorney John J. Valkovci, Jr., prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Department of Homeland Security/Immigration and Customs Enforcement for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Cortez-Cagal.

Updated July 14, 2015