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Ulysis Barrios-soto Arraigned and Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour

Thursday, October 28, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on October 28, 2010, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Strong, ULYSIS BARRIOS-SOTO, a 34-year-old citizen of Mexico, was arraigned and pled guilty to illegal re-entry. Sentencing has been set for January 27, 2011. He is currently detained.

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 October 11, 2010, U.S. Customs and Border Protection encountered BARRIOS-SOTO while conducting a train check of the westbound Amtrak train in Havre. When questioned as to his citizenship, BARRIOS-SOTO stated that he was born in Mexico and is a citizen of Mexico, but his father was working on arranging his papers. When asked if he had any immigration documents, he had none, but instead presented a valid Illinois Identification card.

A fingerprint analysis revealed several criminal and immigration violations. A review of immigration records found that BARRIOS-SOTO had previously been deported from the United States through Laredo, Texas, on July 14, 2000.

A further review of immigration records revealed no evidence that BARRIOS-SOTO ever applied for or obtained the permission of the United States Attorney General or his successor, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, to reenter the United States.

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

The investigation was conducted by 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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