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Deported Alien Sentenced to Prison for Unlawfully Re-entering U.S.

September 4, 2012

ERIE, Pa. - A former resident of Jalisco, Mexico has been sentenced in federal court to 27 months in jail on his conviction of violating federal immigration laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Senior United States District Judge Maurice B. Cohill, Jr. imposed the sentence on Jose Luis Vela-Miranda, 46.

According to information presented to the court, on or about October 25, 2011, Vela-Miranda was found to be unlawfully present within the United States. Vela-Miranda had been previously ordered deported and removed from the United States on March 1, 2007 and was removed from the United States on March 14, 2007. The defendant subsequently re-entered the United States, and was found to be present in this country without the permission of the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

Assistant United States Attorney Christine A. Sanner prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Vela-Miranda.

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