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Enoc Vargas-valenzuela Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Monday, March 29, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on March 29, 2010, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, ENOC VARGAS-VALENZUELA, a 59-year-old citizen of Mexico, appeared for sentencing. VARGAS-VALENZUELA was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 24 months
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Supervised Release: 1 year

VARGAS-VALENZUELA was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to illegal re-entry of a removed alien.

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 January 13, 2009, a representative from the Missoula County Attorney's Office called U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement about VARGAS-VALENZUELA. Missoula County was prosecuting VARGAS-VALENZUELA for failing to register as a sex offender and suspected that he was not authorized to be in the United States.

A set of VARGAS-VALENZUELA' fingerprints were obtained and ran through two computer identification databases. The fingerprints matched the alias Steve Esquivias and were affiliated with an alien field number and an FBI number. VARGAS-VALENZUELA'S record revealed that he is a citizen of Mexico and that he was deported from the United States on April 20, 1977, and September 27, 1977, both times through the Port of Calexico, California.

There is no evidence in his immigration file that VARGAS-VALENZUELA 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.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that VARGAS-VALENZUELA will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, VARGAS-VALENZUELA 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. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.



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