MAN CONVICTED OF NEW BRITAIN SHOOTING SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR ILLEGALLY REENTERING U.S. AFTER DEPORTATION
Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ARMANDO BERMEJO, 27, a citizen of Mexico last residing in New Britain, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport, to four months of imprisonment for illegally reentering the U.S. after he was deported.
According to court documents and statements made in court, BERMEJO has never held legal status in the U.S. In June 2008, he was deported to Mexico after his arrest by the New Britain Police Department and subsequent conviction of possession of marijuana. At the time of his arrest on March 22, 2008, BERMEJO, who had been operating a vehicle without a license and had been drinking, possessed false identification, a “butterfly” knife, brass knuckles, and marijuana.
On March 11, 2009, BERMEJO was encountered by ICE agents in the area of Naco, Ariz., and he was again removed to Mexico.
BERMEJO again illegally entered the U.S. On October 3, 2010, in a residential neighborhood in New Britain, he shot a victim multiple times at point-blank range, causing life threatening injuries. BERMEJO was arrested and, on January 12, 2012, he was sentenced in New Britain Superior Court to eight years of incarceration.
On October 9, 2013, BERMEJO pleaded guilty to one count of illegal reentry of a removed alien. Judge Underhill ordered BERMEJO to serve his four-month federal sentence after he is released from state custody.
This matter was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Deborah R. Slater.
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