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FIVE ILLEGAL ALIENS INDICTED

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 4, 2011

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that five illegal aliens, including two charged as previously-convicted felons, were indicted by a federal Grand Jury on October 4, 2011.

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.

The five men, who are all Mexican nationals, were charged as follows:

1) Rufino Torres-Herrera, 45, arrested in Fairmont City, Illinois, charged with “Illegal Re- Entry After Deportation by an Aggravated Felon.”
2) Ramon Ortiz-Huerta, 34, arrested in Granite City, Illinois, charged with “Illegal Re-Entry After Deportation by a Convicted Felon.”
3) Getro Gael Garcia-Ezequiel, 25, arrested in Carlyle, Illinois, charged with “Illegal Re- Entry After Deportation.”
4) Juan Salinas-Gonzalez, 35, arrested in Belleville, Illinois, charged with “Illegal Re-Entry After Deportation.”
5) Emmanuel Huerta-Aguilar, 31, arrested in Granite City, Illinois, charged with “Illegal Re- Entry After Deportation.”

If convicted, Torres-Herrera faces a maximum sentence of no more than 20 years imprisonment. Ortiz-Huerta faces a maximum sentence of no more than 10 years imprisonment. The other three men face a maximum sentence of no more than 2 years imprisonment.

All five of the men indicted on October 4, 2011, were arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents as part of a nationwide ICE operation to effect the arrest of recidivist immigration offenders.

The cases are assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Robert L. Garrison for prosecution.

 

 

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