U.S. Department of Justice
Peter F. Neronha
United States Attorney
District of Rhode Island
March 14, 2011
GUATEMALAN NATIONAL PREVIOUSLY DEPORTED AFTER BEING CONVICTED OF A VIOLENT CRIME SENTENCED TO FEDERAL PRISON FOR ILLEGAL REENTRY
East Providence Police identify defendant’s illegal status during routine traffic stop
PROVIDENCE, RI – A Guatemalan national previously deported after being convicted of a violent crime was sentenced on Thursday in federal court in Providence to 24 months in federal prison for illegally reentering the United States, it was announced by United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha.
Marlon Yobel Ruiz-Bardales, 24, pleaded guilty in December to one count of illegal reentry before U.S. District Court Chief Judge Mary M. Lisi.
According to court documents and information presented to the court, Ruiz-Bardales was arrested by East Providence Police in August 2010 during a routine traffic stop at which time it was determined that the defendant was wanted on an outstanding state warrant and that he had been previously deported to Guatemala. East Providence Police notified immigration officials who placed a detainer on Ruiz-Bardales.
According to court documents, Ruiz-Bardales was deported in January 2010 after being convicted in state court for assaulting a Johnston restaurant owner and a customer with a knife in December 2007.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Zechariah Chafee. The matter was investigated by East Providence Police and U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations.