States Attorney's Office District of Connecticut
|February 17, 2010||
CITIZEN OF GUATEMALA ADMITS ILLEGALLY REENTERING U.S.
Nora R. Dannehy, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JAVIER MORENO, also known as “Javier Moreno-DeLeon” or “Javier DeLeon,” 22, a citizen of Guatemala who recently resided in Scotland, Connecticut, pleaded guilty today before Senior United States District Judge Warren W. Eginton in Bridgeport to one count of illegal reentry.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on October 15, 2005, MORENO was arrested in the State of Connecticut for criminal charges and, on May 26, 2006, he was physically deported from the United States to Guatemala. MORENO then reentered the United States and, on December 29, 2006, he was arrested in Windham, Connecticut. Subsequent to his arrest, MORENO was convicted in state court of assault in the second degree, and also violation of probation. On approximately September 28, 2007, MORENO was again removed to Guatemala.
On approximately September 23, 2008, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) filed a Notice to Reinstate Prior Order of Deportation after encountering MORENO in the custody of the State of Connecticut, Department of Correction.
Before reentering the United States, anyone who has been deported must have the express consent of the United States Attorney General or his successor, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. MORENO neither sought nor obtained the required permission to reenter the U.S.
Judge Eginton has scheduled sentencing for May 7, 2010, at which time MORENO faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years and a fine of up to $250,000.
This matter was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Detention and Removal Operation. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Krishna R. Patel.
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