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Criminal Immigration Charges Brought Against Four Illegal Aliens

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 27, 2014

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), announced that charges were brought against the following by a federal grand jury in Harrisburg yesterday:

     Ricardo Hernandez-Del Angel, age 32, a native and citizen of Mexico, in the United States illegally, was charged in a one-count indictment alleging that Hernandez-Del Angel, an alien convicted on December 20, 2006, of Statutory Sexual Assault in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, and previously arrested and deported from the United States on February 6, 2007, did knowingly and unlawfully reenter the United States. He was located by ERO officers in Franklin County, Pennsylvania.

     If convicted, Hernandez-Del Angel faces a maximum sentence of up to 20 years of imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.

     Victor Peralta-Serrano, age 35, a native and citizen of Mexico, in the United States illegally was charged in a one-count indictment alleging that Peralta-Serrano, an alien previously arrested and deported from the United States in July 2007, did knowingly and unlawfully reenter the United States and was apprehended in York County, Pennsylvania.

     If convicted, Peralta-Serrano faces a maximum sentence of up to 10 years’ imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.

     Juan Calderon-Villanueva, age 29, a native and citizen of El Salvador, in the United States illegally was charged in a one-count indictment alleging that Calderon-Villanueva, an alien, previously arrested and deported from the United States in February 2011, did knowingly and unlawfully reenter the United States and was apprehended in Franklin County, Pennsylvania.

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

     Miguel Salazar-Gomez, age 31, a native and citizen of Mexico, in the United States illegally was charged in a one-count indictment alleging that Salazar-Gomez, an alien previously arrested and deported from the United States in February 2006, did knowingly and unlawfully reenter the United States and was apprehended in Adams County, Pennsylvania.

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

     The investigations were conducted by ICE ERO’s Criminal Alien Program in Philadelphia 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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