Two Honduran Citizens Charged with Being Present in the United States Illegally
Oscar Rene Sanchez-Aguilar, 29, and Oscar Naun Torres-Hernandez, 21, both citizens of Honduras, appeared for arraignment today in United States District Court in Benton on charges that they were each illegally present in the United States after having been previously removed by immigration officials, announced Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois. The separate indictments charging each man were returned by a Federal Grand Jury on November 6, 2012, after the men were taken into custody by an Illinois State Police trooper on October 15th at the direction of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents following a routine traffic stop on Interstate 57 in Effingham County during which the trooper learned that Sanchez-Aguilar and Torres-Hernandez were illegal aliens.
An indictment is a formal charge against a defendant. Under the law, a defendant is presumed to be innocent of a charge until proved guilty beyond a reasonable doubt to the satisfaction of a jury.
If convicted, Sanchez-Aguilar faces up to 2 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and 1 year of supervised release to follow his incarceration. Torres-Hernandez faces up to 20 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and 3 years of supervised release.
Both defendants have been held in administrative custody since their arrest on October 15th. Following their arraignments, both were ordered held without bond and remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal to await further proceedings.
The case was investigated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which is an agency of the Department of Homeland Security, and the Illinois State Police.
The cases are being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney James M. Cutchin.