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Two Men charged with illegally reentering the country

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dec. 20, 2012

Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, today announced that a grand jury returned a one-count indictment charging two men with illegally reentering the United States following their deportations.

The first indictment alleges that Jose Espinoza-De La O, 37, is an alien who was previously removed or deported from the United States on June 2, 2009, after having been previously convicted of an aggravated felony.

In an unrelated case, Marco Mote-Rodriguez, age 22, of Mexico, is charged with illegally re-entry into the United States on December 5, 2012 after having been previously removed.

Rodriguez's case was investigated by the United States Border Patrol, Port Clinton, Ohio. The case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Alissa M. Sterling.

De La O's case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Phillip J. Tripi, following investigation by agents of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation. In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government's burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

 

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