Mexican national receives 37-Month prison sentence for federal firearms and immigration conviction
ALBUQUERQUE – This morning, United States District Judge James O. Browning sentenced Yuren Aranda-Diaz, a 35-year old Mexican national, to a 37-month term of imprisonment to be followed by a three-year term of unsupervised release based on his conviction on federal firearms and immigration charges. Judge Browning also ordered that deportation proceedings against Aranda-Diaz be initiated while he is serving his prison sentence so that he may deported at the end of his term of incarceration. Judge Browning ordered that Aranda-Diaz may not seek to re-enter the United States as a condition of his unsupervised release. Aranda-Diaz has been in federal custody since July 28, 2008 and will remain in custody as he serves his prison sentence.
United States Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales said that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement identified Aranda-Diaz as a native and citizen of Mexico who was illegally present in the United States on July 24, 2008 while he was at the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center on state charges. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement placed a detainer on Aranda-Diaz and took custody of him on July 28, 2008 after determining that he had been arrested and deported from the United States to Mexico on two separate occasions, in August 2000 and in April 2007.
On October 8, 2008, a federal grand jury returned a five-count indictment against Aranda-Diaz charging him (1) re-entry of a removed alien; (2) alien in possession of a firearm; (3) felon in possession of a firearm; (4) possession of cocaine-base with intent to distribute; and (5) use of a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime. On June 28, 2010, Aranda-Diaz entered a guilty plea to re-entry of a removed alien; alien in possession of a firearm; and felon in possession of a firearm under a plea agreement with the United States Attorney’s Office. In his plea agreement, Aranda-Diaz admitted that, on July 23, 2008, he knowingly possessed a semi-automatic pistol and ammunition knowing that he was prohibited from doing so because he previously had been convicted of a felony. He also admitted that he previously had been deported from the United States in April 2007, and had not obtained authorization to re-enter the United States. Judge Browning dismissed the other two charges against Aranda-Diaz during today’s sentencing hearing.
Assistant United States Attorney Linda Mott prosecuted the case, which was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.