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Miguel Escamilla-terrazas Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Missoula on August 12, 2009, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch, MIGUEL ESCAMILLA-TERRAZAS, a 40-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 the United States, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:

On April 20, 2009, ESCAMILLA-TERRAZAS was arrested in Belgrade. He was found concealed in a crawl space in an apartment which law enforcement officers had searched pursuant to an arrest warrant for a drug offense.

A fingerprint analysis revealed that ESCAMILLA-TERRAZAS had previously been deported and removed from the United States on March 17, 1995, from Detroit, Michigan and again on August 29, 2007, from El Paso, Texas.

A review of immigration records revealed no evidence that ESCAMILLA-TERRAZAS 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.

ESCAMILLA-TERRAZAS faces possible penalties of 2 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 1 year supervised release.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Bryan R. Whittaker prosecuted the case for the United States.

The investigation was conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

A copy of the Offer of Proof can be obtained by contacting Sally Frank at (406) 247-4638.



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