Five Foreign Nationals Indicted on Immigration Charges
Five Mexican nationals have been indicted by a federal grand jury sitting in Benton, IL, on November 8, 2011, for charges of Illegal Re-Entry After Deportation, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. The five are Edmundo Manriquez-Alverado, 26, arrested in Effingham, Illinois; Abnel Solano-Lazaro, 30, arrested on I-55 in O’Fallon, Illinois; Jose Baldiva-Marin, 31, arrested near Edwardsville, Illinois; Rafael Gonzalez- Gonzalez, 29, arrested near Belleville, Illinois; and Jose Moreno-Alvarez, 36, arrested in Collinsville, Illinois.
An indictment is a formal charge against a defendant. Under the law, a defendant is presumed to be innocent of a charge and is entitled to a fair trial at which the Government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
If convicted, each of the 5 men faces a maximum possible sentence of 2 years’ imprisonment; a fine of up to $250,000; a term of supervised release not to exceed 1 year, and a $100 special assessment.
Each of the five defendants was charged following an investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Manriquez-Alverado’s case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Thomas Leggans for trial. The other defendants are assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Robert L. Garrison for trial.