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Ramon Enrique Barrientos-mendez Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Missoula, on November 19, 2009, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, RAMON ENRIQUE BARRIENTOS-MENDEZ, a 25-year-old citizen of Mexico, appeared for sentencing. BARRIENTOS-MENDEZ was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 18 months
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Supervised Release: 2 years

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

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.

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

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




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