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For Reentry After Deportation

September 19, 2013

RALEIGH – United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that yesterday in federal court, Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever III sentenced Hermelindo Velasquez-Rivera , 36, of Sonora, Mexico, to 125 months imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release.
VELASQUEZ-RIVERA was named in an Indictment filed on April 3, 2013, charging him with illegal reentry into the United States after deportation subsequent to aggravated felony convictions.  On June 4, 2013, velasquez-rivera pled guilty to that charge. 
According to the investigation, VELASQUEZ-RIVERA, also known as “Ramon Efrain Castro” and “Hermelindo Castro”, an alien, reentered the United States after having previously been deported from the United States on October 28, 1996, on December 17, 2003, and again on April 15, 2010. VELASQUEZ-RIVERA reentered the United States after having been convicted twice of transportation of illegal aliens and twice of illegal reentry after deportation. VELASQUEZ-RIVERA was found by immigration officials in this district as a result of his arrest for driving while impaired and the vehicular death of a 37-year-old mother of two children. VELASQUEZ-RIVERA was convicted of those offenses in Wayne County, North Carolina. The instant federal conviction constitutes VELASQUEZ-RIVERA’s third for illegal reentry to the United States after deportation.  

Investigation of this case was conducted by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations.


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