Mexican National Sentenced for Illegal Re-Entry by a Felon
Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that Juan Carlos Rodriguez-Mendez was sentenced to 30 months in prison for Illegal Re-Entry After Deportation by a Convicted Felon.
Rodriguez-Mendez, 36, pled guilty to the federal offense on August 17, 2012, in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis, IL.
At his change of plea hearing in August, Rodriguez-Mendez acknowledged two previous deportations to Mexico, in 2006, and again in 2010. Rodriguez-Mendez also admitted that he has been convicted of felony offenses on five separate occasions while residing in the United States unlawfully.
The investigation which resulted in Rodriguez-Mendez’s conviction and sentence was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Fairmont City Police Department. The case was assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Robert L. Garrison.