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Mexican National Sentenced to 18 Months' Imprisonment for Possession of a Firearm by an Illegal Alien and False Claim to U.S. Citizenship

September 4, 2012

A Mexican national, who had been living for several years in Chattanooga, Tennessee, was sentenced to a prison term in federal district court for possession of a firearm by an Illegal Alien and False Claim to U.S. Citizenship on August 31, 2012, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.

Jose Guadalupe Guajardo-Gonzalez, also known as Alberto Serrano-Franco, and also known as Alejandro Garcia-Morales, 34, of Tamaulipas, Mexico, was sentenced in federal district court in East St. Louis to 18 months’ imprisonment, one year supervised release, a $200 special assessment, and a fine of $150, following his plea of guilty, on May 15, 2012, to an Indictment charging him with the above offenses. He is also subject to deportation. The charges relate to an incident that occurred on December 12, 2010, on Chouteau Island, Madison County, Illinois, when the Defendant and three other men were arrested by an Illinois Department of Natural Resources Officer for discharging a firearm in a restricted area. While being booked into the Madison County Jail, the Defendant falsely stated that his name was Alejandro Garcia-Morales, and also falsely stated that he was a U.S. citizen, and falsely represented a Social Security Number of another person to be his own. Following booking in Madison County on the state charges, the Defendant was released on bond and then absconded. He remained at large until January 11, 2012, when he was arrested by federal authorities in Tennessee. The other three men who accompanied the Defendant on Choteau Island (and who were also illegally present in the United States) have been sentenced on related charges and have been deported. The sentencing judge also ordered forfeiture of the firearm and ammunition contained therein.

The case was investigated by members of the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen B. Clark.










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