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Criminal Immigration Charges Brought Against Two Illegal Aliens

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 26, 2014

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, announced today that charges have been brought against the following:

     Martin Perez-Gomez, age 30, a native and citizen of Mexico, in the United States illegally was charged in a one-count indictment by a federal grand jury in Harrisburg today.  The indictment alleges that Perez-Gomez, an alien who has previously been arrested and deported from the United States in June 2008, did knowingly and unlawfully reenter the United States and was apprehended in Adams County, Pennsylvania.

     If convicted, Gomez-Perez faces a maximum sentence of up to two years’ imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.

     Dario Cruz-Reyes, age 35, a native and citizen of Mexico, in the United States illegally was charged in a one-count indictment by a federal grand jury in Harrisburg today.  The indictment alleges that Cruz-Reyes, an alien who has previously been arrested and deported from the United States in August 2009, did knowingly and unlawfully reenter the United States and was apprehended in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.

     If convicted, Cruz-Reyes faces a maximum sentence of up to two years’ imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.

     The investigations were conducted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and are being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Brian G. McDonnell.

     Indictments and Criminal Informations are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.

     A sentence following a finding of guilty is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

     Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant’s educational, vocational and medical needs. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offenses are not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.

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