ALIEN PLEADS GUILTY TO ILLEGAL RE-ENTRY
JOSE ROBERTO DE LEON, age 28, a citizen of Mexico, pled guilty in federal court today before U. S. District Judge Stanwood R. Duval, Jr. to a one-count indictment charging him with illegal re-entry by a removed alien, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.
According to the factual basis, on April 7, 2011, DE LEON, an alien who had previously been removed from the United States, was knowingly and unlawfully found in the United States in Orleans Parish, Louisiana without the Attorney General or the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security having expressly consented to his re-application for admission into the United States.
The indictment charging DE LEON with one count of re-entry by a removed alien also included a notice of sentencing enhancement based on DE LEON’s prior aggravated felony conviction. With the enhancement, the single count carries a maximum statutory penalty of twenty (20) years imprisonment, a fine of $250,000, and three (3) years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment. Sentencing has been scheduled for April 4, 2012 at 9:00 A.M.
The case was investigated by U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Enforcement and Removal Operations. The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U. S. Attorney Robert Weir.
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