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Previously Departed Mexican National Receives 51-Month Prison Sentence for Unlawful Re-Entry into United States

March 4, 2011

ALBUQUERQUE – This morning in Albuquerque federal court, Jose Fernando Vallecillo-Rodriguez, 39, to a 51-month term of imprisonment based on his conviction for reentering the United States without authorization and after having previously been deported. Vallecillo-Rodriguez will be deported after completing his prison sentence.

United States Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales said that, on February 20, 2008, Vallecillo Rodriguez was transferred from the Metropolitan Detention Center in Albuquerque to the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (ICE) after it was determined that he was a Mexican citizen unlawfully in the United States. He has been in federal custody since that time. Investigation by ICE determined that Vallecillo-Rodriguez was a previously deported alien and records reflect that he was ordered removed from the United States on April 23, 1997, and was deported on July 23, 2003 after completing a prison sentence for a second degree murder conviction.

Thereafter, Vallecillo-Rodriguez was indicted and charged with the offense of re-entry of a removed alien. He entered a guilty plea to that offense on May 20, 2010. Prior to today’s sentencing hearing, Vallecillo-Rodriguez filed a motion for a downward departure from the< guideline recommended sentence of 51 to 63 months imprisonment, and requested a 38-month< sentence. His motion was opposed by the United States Attorney’s Office. In a February 23, 2010 order, the federal court denied Vallecillo-Rodriguez’s request and imposed a 51-month prison sentence.

Assistant United States Attorney Rhonda P. Backinoff prosecuted the case, which was investigated by ICE.

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