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Violent Mexican National Sentenced to 13-Months in Federal Prison for Being an Alien in Possession of a Firearm

August 17, 2011

Montgomery, Alabama - Jaime Alejandro Ochoa-Escalera, a citizen and national of Mexico who had been living in Greenville, Alabama, was sentenced Wednesday by United States District Court Judge Myron H. Thompson to 13-months in federal prison for being an alien unlawfully in possession of a firearm, U.S. Attorney George L. Beck, Jr., announced today. In May 2011, Ochoa pled guilty to being an alien in possession of a firearm.

Ochoa, a native and citizen of Mexico, illegally entered the United States in 2003. With the exception of one return to Mexico in 2007, Ochoa has remained an alien, illegally present in the United States. In late 2010, he began verbally abusing his wife and child. In February 2011, the violence escalated, and Ochoa became physically abusive. After receiving a report of abuse, on February 9, 2011, law enforcement went to Ochoa’s residence in Greenville seeking to arrest him. They inquired about a firearm, and Ochoa provided a Davis Industries, Model P-380, .380 Auto Caliber, semi-automatic pistol and 6 rounds of Winchester .380 caliber Auto ammunition to the police.

As an alien unlawfully and illegally present in the United States, federal law prohibits Ochoa from possessing a firearm. Ochoa received 13 months in federal prison for this offense. In addition to the prison sentence, Judge Thompson sentenced Ochoa to serve 3 years of supervised release under the supervision of a federal probation officer. Ochoa also faces administrative deportation proceedings with the United States Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

According to United States Attorney Beck, “This sentence illustrates how important it is to fully prosecute individuals who illegally possess firearms. Prosecuting violent criminals who possess firearms is a priority of this office.” “When discovered, illegal immigrants will be deported.” Beck added.

The case was investigated by agents from the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Butler County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Monica Stump prosecuted the case.


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