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Guatemalan National Sentenced to 24 Months in Federal Prison for Illegally Re-Entering the United States

August 15, 2011

Montgomery, Alabama - Illegal re-entry nets Guatemalan a 24-month prison sentence, U. S. Attorney George L. Beck, Jr., announced today. United States District Court Judge Mark E. Fuller sentenced Macario Hernandez-Perez, a citizen and national of Guatemala, residing in Lee County, Alabama, on August 12, 2011, for committing this felony.

According to United States Attorney Beck, “This sentence demonstrates the importance of prosecuting individuals who illegally return to the United States time and time again, placing our community at risk. This office remains committed to prosecuting criminals who repeatedly violate the criminal and immigration laws of the United States.”

The case was investigated by agents from the Department of Homeland Security, ICE, Enforcement and Removal Operations. Assistant United States Attorney Monica Stump prosecuted the case.

In May 2011, Hernandez-Perez pled guilty to being found in the Middle District of Alabama without the permission of the Secretary of Homeland Security or the Attorney General of the United States after having been previously removed from the United States twice.

Hernandez-Perez illegally entered the United States on an unknown date, but at least as early as 2003. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) removed Hernandez-Perez from the United States in 2005 and again in 2008. Both times, he was found in the Lee County area illegally.

Considering Hernandez-Perez’s criminal history as well as his repeated illegal returns to the Lee County area, Judge Fuller sentenced him to 24-months in federal prison. In addition to the prison sentence, Judge Fuller sentenced Hernandez-Perez to serve 1 year of supervised release under the supervision of a federal probation officer. He also faces administrative removal proceedings with the United States Department of Homeland Security, ICE.


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