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Eight Illegal Aliens Charged With Unlawful Re‑Entry

April 12, 2011

ERIE, Pa. ‑ Six residents of Mexico and two residents of Guatemala have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Erie on charges of violating federal immigration laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The one-count indictments named the following:

Juan Ignacio Ayala-Rodriguez, 25, of Guanajuato, Mexico
Raul Fernandez-Rosas, 24, of Guanajuato, Mexico
Abendain Gonzalez-Morales, 24, of Chiapas, Mexico
Juan Martin-Ramirez, 27, of Huehuetenango, Guatemala
Julio Reyes-Juarez, 41, of Esquincla, Guatemala
Enrique Rosas-Cardozo, 20, of Puebla, Mexico
Raul Ivan Sierra-Ramirez, 30, of Distrito Federal, Mexico
Aurelio Valadez-Perez, 39, of Guanajuato, Mexico

According to the indictments presented to the court, each of the defendants was found to be unlawfully present within the United States.  The defendants had been previously ordered deported and removed from the United States on various dates and were removed.  The defendants subsequently reentered the United States, and were found to be present in this country without the permission of the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 2 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both for each defendant.  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 defendants.

Assistant United States Attorney Christine A. Sanner is prosecuting these cases on behalf of the government.

The Bureau of Customs and Border Protection conducted the investigations leading to the indictments in these cases.

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

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