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Abraham Palacios-rodriguez Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on March 9, 2009, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, ABRAHAM PALACIOS-RODRIGUEZ, a 43-year-old citizen of Mexico, appeared for sentencing. PALACIOS-RODRIGUEZ was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 48 months
  • Special Assessment: $200
  • Supervised Release: 5 years

PALACIOS-RODRIGUEZ 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 September 5, 2008, at Sweetgrass Port of Entry, PALACIOS-RODRIGUEZ presented a Permanent Resident Alien Card in the name of Jaime Arreguin-Nunez. An officer determined the card was counterfeit due to its poor quality in appearance and texture.

A fingerprint analysis revealed that he was PALACIOS-RODRIGUEZ and that he had previously been deported on June 6, 2002, through El Paso, Texas. A review of immigration records also indicated that he had been convicted of an offense known as methamphetamine trafficking in Boise, Idaho, on September 28, 1998.

When questioned, PALACIOS-RODRIGUEZ admitted his true name was Abraham Palacios-Rodriguez, that he was a citizen of Mexico, and that he had previously been deported. He further admitted that he had re-entered the United States in 2005 through the desert near Nogales, Arizona.

Further review of the records revealed no evidence that PALACIOS-RODRIGUEZ ever requested permission to apply for re-entry into the United States from the Attorney General of the United States, or his successor, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that PALACIOS-RODRIGUEZ will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, PALACIOS-RODRIGUEZ 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 Michael S. Lahr prosecuted the case for the United States.

The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations, Port of Sweetgrass.



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