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Lucio Madrigal-placido Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Monday, January 12, 2009

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Missoula, on January 9, 2009, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, LUCIO MADRIGAL-PLACIDO, a 53-year-old citizen of Mexico, appeared for sentencing. MADRIGAL-PLACIDO was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 225 days (time served)
  • Special Assessment: $100

MADRIGAL-PLACIDO was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to illegal re-entry of a previously deported alien.

In an Offer of Proof filed by the United States, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:

On May 30, 2008, a Montana Highway Patrol officer and an agent with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement stopped a van in which MADRIGAL-PLACIDO was a passenger. The van contained five Hispanic individuals, four of whom are illegal aliens.

MADRIGAL-PLACIDO'S immigration records reflected that he was deported from the United States on May 29, 2004, at the Port of San Ysidro, California. There is no evidence in MADRIGAL-PLACIDO'S immigration file that he applied for permission to reenter the United States with either the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security or the Attorney General.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that MADRIGAL-PLACIDO will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, MADRIGAL-PLACIDO does have the opportunity to earn a sentence reduction for "good behavior." However, this reduction will not exceed 15% of the overall sentence.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Racicot prosecuted the case for the United States.

The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Montana Highway Patrol and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.



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