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Alfredo Miguel-mateo Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Billings, on December 16, 2009, before Senior U.S. District Judge Jack D. Shanstrom, ALFREDO MIGUEL-MATEO, a 31-year-old citizen of Guatemala, appeared for sentencing. MIGUEL-MATEO was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 6 months and 3 days (time served)
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Supervised Release: 3 years

MIGUEL-MATEO 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 Marcia K. Hurd, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:

On July 15, 2009, MIGUEL-MATEO was encountered at the Greyhound Bus Station in Billings by an agent with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The agent observed him sitting in the bus station, and asked him in English where he was headed. MIGUEL-MATEO did not speak any English. When asked the same question in Spanish, MIGUEL-MATEO replied that he was traveling to Olympia, Washington. When asked as to his citizenship, MIGUEL-MATEO stated he was from Guatemala and admitted he did not have any documentation to be in or remain in the United States.

A fingerprint comparison found that MIGUEL-MATEO had been previously removed from the United States on August 22, 2003, at Houston, Texas.

A review of immigration records did not reveal any evidence that MIGUEL-MATEO had received permission from the Attorney General or the Secretary of Homeland Security to reenter the United States after being removed.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that MIGUEL-MATEO will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, MIGUEL-MATEO 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 U.S. Customs and Border Protection.



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