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THREE ILLEGAL ALIENS SENTENCED THIS WEEK FOR VIOLATING DEPORTATION ORDERS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 18, 2013

ALEXANDRIA/LAFAYETTE, La. United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that three illegal aliens were sentenced this week in U.S. District Court for violating deportation orders multiple times.

EL SALVADOR CITIZEN SENTENCED FOR ORDER NON-COMPLIANCE

Manuel Rivas, 45, of El Salvador, was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell in Alexandria, to six years in prison and three years of supervised release for two counts of resisting his deportation.  According to evidence presented at the trial, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested Rivas on July 11, 2011, and he was issued an administrative order for removal because he was an alien convicted of a felony.  Rivas refused to fill out the necessary paperwork for his request for travel documentation from El Salvador on July 3, 2012 and Aug. 16, 2012.  A jury found Rivas guilty on April 5, 2013 after a two-day trial.

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement - Enforcement and Removal Operations conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Earl M. Campbell and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Seiji Ohashi prosecuted the case.

MEXICAN CITIZEN SENTENCED TO 39 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR RE-ENTRY

Gilberto Del Rio Herrera, 40, of Mexico, was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge Richard T. Haik in Lafayette, to 21 months in prison for illegal re-entry into the United States and 18 months in prison due to revocation of probation for an illegal re-entry charge from the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division.  According to evidence presented at the guilty plea, Louisiana State Police arrested Herrera on Dec. 2, 2012 after a vehicle accident took place in Lafayette Parish.  He was charged with hit and run driving, driving while intoxicated, improper lane usage, and possession of an alcoholic beverage in an open container.  A criminal history check conducted by the Louisiana State Police revealed that Herrera had been previously deported to Mexico and had last entered the United States in August of 2012 at Tijuana, Mexico.  It was also discovered that Herrera had been deported to Mexico four times and had a criminal record.  His record included a 1999 conviction for possession of cocaine in Harris County Texas.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Louisiana State Police and the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph T. Mickel prosecuted the case.

MEXICAN CITIZEN RECEIVES 16 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR ILLEGAL RE-ENTRY

            David Cruz-Perez, 45, of Mexico, was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge Richard T. Haik in Lafayette, to 16 months in prison for illegal re-entry into the United States.  According to evidence presented at the guilty plea, the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Cruz-Perez for aggravated second degree battery on Sept. 29, 2012.  The defendant has a criminal history and was previously removed on Aug. 19, 2004.  He pleaded guilty to the illegal re-entry charge on March 11, 2013.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel J. McCoy prosecuted the case.

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