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ALIEN PLEADS GUILTY TO ILLEGAL RE-ENTRY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 17, 2012

MANUEL ENRIQUE ZELAYA-RODRIGUEZ, age 26, a citizen of Honduras, pled guilty in federal court today before U. S. District Judge Carl J. Barbier to a one-count indictment charging him with illegal re-entry by a removed alien, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.

According to court documents, on March 1, 2012, ZELAYA, an alien who had previously been removed from the United States, was found in Orleans Parish, within the Eastern District of Louisiana, without having obtained consent from the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to reapply for admission to the United States.

The indictment charging ZELAYA with one count of re-entry by a removed alien also included a notice of sentencing enhancement based on ZELAYA’s prior felony conviction. With the enhancement, the single count carries a maximum statutory penalty of ten (10) years imprisonment, a fine of $250,000, and three (3) years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment. Sentencing is scheduled for August 23, 2012 at 9:30 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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