Ramon Enrique Barrientos-mendez Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour
Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Missoula on August 5 2009, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch, RAMON ENRIQUE BARRIENTOS-MENDEZ, a 25-year-old citizen of Mexico, pled guilty to illegal re-entry of a previously deported alien. Sentencing is set for November 19, 2009. He is currently detained.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bryan R. Whittaker, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
On April 28, 2009, BARRIENTOS-MENDEZ was encountered by an agent with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Initially, BARRIENTOS-MENDEZ claimed to be a citizen of Puerto Rico and that his name was Carlos Francisco Don Juan. After further questioning, he admitted his real name and stated that he was a citizen and national of Mexico.
A fingerprint examination identified BARRIENTOS-MENDEZ as having been previously deported and removed from the United States on December 21, 2006. It also indicated that he was a native and citizen of Honduras.
A review of immigration records revealed that BARRIENTOS-MENDEZ had previously been convicted of three counts of entering an auto with intent to commit theft and two counts of theft by taking in Carroll County, Georgia, prior to his deportation on December 21, 2006.
Further review of immigration records found no evidence that he had ever requested, or obtained permission from the Attorney General of the United States or his successor, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to apply for re-entry into the United States.
BARRIENTOS-MENDEZ faces possible penalties of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release.
The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
A copy of the Offer of Proof can be obtained by contacting Sally Frank at (406) 247-4638.