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

September 28, 2012

Daniel Moran-Vazquez was sentenced in United States District Court on September 27, 2012, to 7 years and 3 months 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.

Moran-Vazquez, 26, is a Mexican national who had been previously deported from the United States to Mexico on October 15, 2009. Moran-Vazquez pled guilty to the “Illegal Re-Entry” charge in United States District Court in East St. Louis, Illinois, on April 23, 2012. At his changeof- plea hearing, Moran Vazquez acknowledged that he had previously served two years in a Texas state prison following a 2008 conviction for “Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.”

Moran-Vazquez was arrested in the Southern District of Illinois by the Illinois State Police on December 15, 2011, near Highland, Illinois. At the time of his arrest, Moran-Vazquez was driving a van in which police found 13 illegal alien passengers from Guatemala. Moran-Vazquez has been in custody since his arrest.

At Moran-Vazquez’s sentencing hearing on September 27, 2012, the Court noted that Moran- Vazquez had attempted to suborn perjury in preparation for his scheduled jury trial on the federal charge.

Upon release from prison, Moran-Vazquez will serve a 3-year term of supervised release, and will also face probable deportation. Moran-Vazquez was also ordered to pay a $100 special assessment.

The investigation which resulted in Moran-Vazquez’s conviction and sentence was conducted by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, with the assistance of the Illinois State Police.

The case was prosecuted by former Special Assistant United States Attorney Kelly Snyder and Assistant United States Attorney Robert L. Garrison.











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