Mexican Sentenced for Illegally Re-Entering the United States
Montgomery, Alabama - Jose Lozano, age 35, a native and citizen of Mexico has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for unlawfully re-entering the United States after he had previously been deported, U.S. Attorney Leura G. Canary announced today.
On July 27, 2009, Lozano was found in Houston County, Alabama, by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Office of Detention and Removal (ODR), agents who were investigating Lozano. At that time, Lozano lacked permission to re-enter the United States. Lozano previously had been deported to Mexico on February 17, 2007, after serving a state prison sentence imposed in April 2004 by the Superior Court of Gwinnett County, Georgia, for Aggravated Assault on a Peace Officer (2 counts), Obstructing or Hindering a Law Enforcement Officer, Failure to Stop at or Return to the Scene of an Accident (2 counts), Driving under the Influence, Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Police Officer, Criminal Damage to Property Second Degree (2 counts), and Criminal Trespass.
Indicted in September 2009 by a federal grand jury in Montgomery for illegally reentering the United States, Lozano pleaded guilty on December 8, 2009. United States District Judge Keith W. Watkins sentenced Lozano on March 18, 2010, to 18 months imprisonment as well as a $3,000.00 fine and two years of supervised release. Following Lozano’s release from imprisonment, he will face administrative removal proceedings with the United States Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The case was investigated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ODR. Assistant United States Attorney Monica A. Stump prosecuted the case.
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