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Juan Carlos Orellana-hernandez Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls on August 10, 2010, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Strong, JUAN CARLOS ORELLANA-HERNANDEZ, a 30-year-old citizen of Honduras, pled guilty to illegal re-entry. Sentencing has been set for November 29, 2010. He is currently detained.

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

In the early morning of June 28, 2010, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Patrol agents arrived in Harlem at the request of a Blaine County Sheriff's deputy. The deputy had encountered ORELLANA-HERNANDEZ in a car on the side of a road near Harlem and requested assistance from the Border Patrol because he was unable to communicate with him. The Border Patrol agents learned ORELLANA-HERNANDEZ's name and that he did not have documentation allowing him to remain in the United States.

A review of immigration records and a fingerprint analysis revealed that ORELLANA-HERNANDEZ, an alien and citizen of Honduras, had previously been deported from the United States on three occasions: February 2, 2000, through the Port of Houston, Texas; on January 23, 2002, through Chandler, Arizona; and on July 31, 2009, through Atlanta, Georgia.

Further review of immigration records found no evidence that ORELLANA-HERNANDEZ ever requested permission from the Attorney General or the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to re-enter the United States.

ORELLANA-HERNANDEZ faces possible penalties of 2 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and at least 1 year supervised release.

The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Blaine County Sheriff's Office and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

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



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