Mexican National Sentenced on Charges of Illegal Re-Entry
Contact Person: Beth Drake (803) 929-3000
Columbia, South Carolina---- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that that Octavio Huicho Flores, age 26, of Mexico, was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Florence, South Carolina, for illegally reentering the United States after being convicted of an aggravated felony, a violation of Title 8, United States Code, Section 1326(a)(2) and (b)(2). United States District Judge Terry L. Wooten of Florence sentenced FLORES to 30 months.
Evidence presented at the guilty plea hearing established that Flores was a citizen of Mexico and entered the United States illegally on December 1, 1996. On November 10, 1999, Flores was convicted in California for child cruelty: possible injury/death and false imprisonment, and received a sentence of 56 months incarceration. On February 25, 2002, Flores was deported to Mexico. Thereafter, Flores illegally entered the United States and was found at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center, in Horry County, South Carolina, on January 30, 2012.
The case was investigated by agents of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) agents. Assistant United States Attorney William E. Day, II of the Florence office handled the case.