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Mexican National Sentenced for Illegal Re-Entry by a Violent Felon

September 28, 2012

On September 28, 2012, George Cordova was sentenced to 4 ½ years in federal prison for Illegal Re-Entry by a Violent Felon, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Cordova was sentenced in United States District Court in East St. Louis, Illinois.

Cordova, 32, is a Mexican national who had been previously deported from the United States to Mexico on two separate occasions, on June 9, 2009, and again on January 15, 2010.

Cordova was previously convicted of a violent felony, Attempted Robbery and Aggravated Battery, in Chicago in 1999, and sentenced to the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Cordova was arrested on the federal charges by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in Vandalia, Illinois, on January 27, 2012. He has been confined in federal custody since his arrest. Upon release from prison, Cordova will serve a term of 3 years of supervised release and face deportation. Cordova was also ordered to pay a fine of $250 and a $100 special assessment.

The investigation that resulted in Cordova’s arrest and conviction was conducted by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency.

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















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