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Two Men Sentenced To Federal Prison For Illegal Re-Entry

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 6, 2012

Contact: Peter Deegan

Two men who illegally re-entered the United States from Guatemala after being deported were sentenced on May 30, 2012.

Benito Gonzalez-Gonzalez, age 37, from Guatemala, and Celso
Chilel-Mendez, age 25, from Guatemala, received the sentences after guilty pleas to illegal re-entry on April 23 and April 26, 2012.

At his guilty plea, Gonzalez-Gonzalez admitted he had re-entered the United States from Guatemala illegally after being deported on June 16, 2007.

At his guilty plea, Chilel-Mendez admitted he had re-entered the United States from Guatemala illegally after being deported on December 31, 2007.

The men were sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett. Gonzalez-Gonzalez was sentenced to 4 months’ imprisonment and Chilel-Mendez was sentenced to 8 months’ imprisonment. There is no parole in the federal system.

The men are being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until they can be transported to a federal prison.

The cases were prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kevin C. Fletcher and investigated by HSI and the Enforcement and Removal Office of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Bureau.

Court file information is available at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl. The case file numbers are CR12-4042 and CR12-4036.

 

 

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