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Jamaican Pleads Guilty To Immigration Violation

August 16, 2011

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Jamaica pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of violating federal immigration laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Christopher Lawrence, 46, of Jamaica, pleaded guilty to one count before Senior United States District Judge Gustave Diamond.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on or about March 26, 2011, Christopher Lawrence was found in Allegheny County, Penn., after having unlawfully re-entered the United States following removal on or about July 3, 2006, for a drug trafficking conviction in Georgia.  Lawrence was never given permission to re-enter the United States.

Judge Diamond scheduled sentencing for Dec. 13, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. The law provides for a total sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $250.000, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Pending sentencing, the court continued Lawrence's order of detention.

Assistant United States Attorney Margaret E. Picking is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The North Versailles Police Department and United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Lawrence.

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