FIVE ILLEGAL ALIENS INDICTED
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.