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Honduran Charged With Immigration Violation

October 26, 2010

PITTSBURGH, Pa. ‑ A citizen of Honduras has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of violating federal immigration laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The one‑count indictment named Pedro Geovanni Murillo‑Tejada, 36, of Honduras, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment, Murillo‑Tejada was previously deported from the United States pursuant to law on Oct. 22, 2009, and was found in the Westmoreland County, Pa., on Sept. 24, 2010, without having applied for or received permission from the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to reenter the United States.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of two years in prison, a fine of $250,000, 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.

Assistant United States Attorney Almon S. Burke, Jr. is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Pennsylvania State Police conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

An indictment or information is an accusation.  A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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