CITIZEN OF MEXICO SENTENCED TO TWO YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR ILLEGALLY REENTERING THE UNITED STATES
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ANTELMO MOJICA ORTIZ, 49, a citizen of Mexico, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford to 24 months of imprisonment for illegally reentering the United States following his removal.
According to court documents and statements made in court, in 2004, MOJICA was convicted in Connecticut Superior Court of assault. According to the police report in the matter, MOJICA violated a protective order and physically assaulted the victim. MOJICA was sentenced to five years of incarceration, suspended after 18 months. As a result of the conviction, he lost his lawful permanent resident status and was returned to Mexico in 2005.
Approximately 16 months later, MOJICA’s illegal presence in the U.S. was discovered when he was the subject of a traffic stop in Stamford. He was returned to Mexico in April 2007. Three months later, MOJICA was apprehended by U.S. Border Patrol in Texas after he had again entered the U.S. illegally by wading the Rio Grande. He subsequently pleaded guilty to unlawfully entering the U.S. and was sentenced to 10 months of imprisonment. MOJICA was returned to Mexico in May 2008.
MOJICA again illegally reentered the U.S. and, on April 17, 2011, he was arrested by Stamford Police responding to an altercation in a diner. MOJICA subsequently pleaded guilty to a charge of threatening and was sentenced to 60 days of imprisonment. After serving that sentence, he was transferred to immigration authorities and thereafter arrested on this federal charge.
On December 20, 2011, MOJICA pleaded guilty to one count of illegal presence of an alien after removal. He will be deported following his release from prison.
This matter was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Carolyn Ikari.
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