FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
THURSDAY - February 12, 2009
FELON-ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT SENTENCED
RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E. B. Holding announced that in federal court here yesterday United States District Judge James C. Dever, III, sentenced RICARDO PENALOZA-ALEGRIA, also known as Alejandro Cruz-Aguilar, 29, an illegal immigrant residing in the Raleigh area, to 66 months’ imprisonment. Upon completion of his sentence, he is to be surrendered to Immigration officials for deportation.
A Criminal Information was filed on September 30, 2008, charging illegal re-entry of an aggravated felon. At his arraignment on October 20, 2008, PENALOZA-ALEGRIA pled guilty to the charge. After being convicted on a state charge of assault on a female and while incarcerated at the Wake County Detention Center, PENALOZA-ALEGRIA was interviewed by agents with the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). It was learned that PENALOZA-ALEGRIA was a citizen of Mexico and a member of the Orphans 13 gang. He had been convicted on July 30, 1997 of felonious possession of a controlled substance in California. On April 1, 1999, he was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon in California and sentenced to a term of two years incarceration. He was deported on November 29, 1999, from the United States following his release from prison. After another illegal re-entry, he was again deported on January 30, 2001.
Investigation of the case was conducted by the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Assistant United States Attorney Eric Evenson served as prosecutor for the government.
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