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Jose Ramon Rivas-reyes Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour

Thursday, January 21, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula on January 21, 2010, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch, JOSE RAMON RIVAS-REYES, a 26-year-old resident of Bozeman, pled guilty to illegal re-entry. Sentencing is set for April 30, 2010. He is currently detained.

In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Racicot, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:

On November 6, 2009, an agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted a Criminal Alien Program check at the Gallatin County Detention Center where RIVAS-REYES was being held. The agent ran RIVAS-REYES' fingerprints through two electronic databases and received information that RIVAS-REYES was an alien and citizen of Mexico who had been deported from the United States on July 24, 2008, through the Port of El Paso, Texas.

When interviewed, RIVAS-REYES admitted that he was a citizen of Mexico and that he had been deported. He said he reentered the United States in approximately November 2008, near El Paso, Texas.

There is no evidence in his immigration file that RIVAS-REYES applied for or received permission to reenter the United States from the Attorney General or his successor, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

RIVAS-REYES faces possible penalties of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release.

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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