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Foreign National Sentenced for Immigration and Firearm Offenses

May 21, 2012

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced
today that Jose Zuniga-Amador, 30, has been sentenced to a one-year term of imprisonment for the
offenses of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by an Illegal Alien and Illegal Re-Entry into the United
States After Deportation.

Zuniga-Amador was sentenced in United States District Court in East St. Louis on May 18,
2012. He had previously pled guilty to both federal charges on February 9, 2012. Zuniga-Amador
has been in federal custody continuously since his arrest on December 9, 2011.
According to evidence presented at Zuniga-Amador’s change-of-plea hearing, a security
guard arrested Zuniga-Amador around midnight at a convenience store in the 8300 block of State
Street in East St. Louis on December 9, 2011. The guard had noticed what appeared to be a handgun
underneath Zuniga-Amador’s shirt in the small of his back. After Zuniga-Amador’s arrest, the
security guard recovered a fully-loaded .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun from Zuniga-Amador,
and some extra ammunition from his car.

Zuniga-Amador is a Mexican citizen who has been deported from the United States to
Mexico on four different occasions – most recently on July 21, 2011.

The investigation which resulted in Zuniga-Amador’s conviction and sentence was conducted
by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the East St. Louis Police Department.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert L. Garrison.














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