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El Salvadoran Charged With Illegally Returning To U.S. After Removal

April 20, 2010

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Acting United States Attorney Robert S. Cessar announced today, April 20, 2010, that William Guerrero of El Salvador, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of violating federal immigration laws.

The one‑count indictment names Guerrero, age 30, of El Salvador, as the sole defendant.

According to the one‑count indictment presented to the court, Guerrero, an alien from El Salvador, was removed from the United States on April 19, 2002, and then reentered the United States and was found in Mercer County on or about February 19, 2010, without having applied for and received permission from either the Attorney General of the United States or the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

Assistant United States Attorney A. Elliot McLean, who presented the case to the grand jury, indicated that the law provides for a maximum total sentence of not more than 2 years in prison, a fine of $250,000.00, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Pittsburgh Police Department conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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