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Mexican Citizen Sentenced for Reentry of a Deported Alien

March 15, 2012

BISMARCK - U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on March 15, 2012, Leopoldo G. Rodriguez-Isles, 43, of Veracruz, Veracruz, Mexico, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Daniel L. Hovland to four years and nine months in federal prison on a charge of reentry of a deported alien. Rodriguez-Isles pleaded guilty to the charge on October 13, 2011.

In Bismarck, U.S. Attorney Timothy Purdon said, “The federal prosecution of violent felons like Rodriguez-Isles who choose to illegally enter the United States over and over again is an important part of keeping our communities safe. The significant federal prison sentence imposed here should send the message that the U.S. Attorney’s Office takes its responsibility to protect our communities seriously.”

On August 22, 2011, Rodriguez-Isles was encountered by a Williams County Deputy who responded to a report of a domestic dispute in Ray, N.D. U.S. Border Patrol officials were contacted and discovered that Rodriguez-Isles was a citizen of Mexico and in the United States illegally. Rodriguez-Isles had been convicted of attempted capital murder in Texas state court in 1996, unlawful possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony in Texas federal court in 1997, and murder in Texas state court in 1998. He was deported from the United States in June 2008, after serving a jail sentence on the Texas convictions. Rodriguez-Isles reentered the United States illegally in 2010 and was deported in February 2011.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Border Patrol and the Williams County Sheriff’s Department.

Assistant U.S. Attorney David Hagler prosecuted the case.






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