Mexican National Pleads to Illegal Reentry
Contact Person: Bill Day (843) 665-6688
Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that Jose Santos Miramontes-Sanchez, age 43, of Mexico, has entered a guilty plea in federal court in Florence, to illegal reentry after deportation for an aggravated felony, a violation of Title 8, United States Code, Section 1326(a)(2) and (b)(2). United States District Judge R. Bryan Harwell of Florence accepted the plea and will impose sentence after he has reviewed the presentence report which will be prepared by the U.S. Probation Office.
Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that Miramontes-Sanchez was convicted of trafficking marijuana in North Carolina on September 6, 1996. After serving his sentence, Miramontes-Sanchez was deported on May 26, 2011. On May 9, 2012, Miramontes-Sanchez was discovered living in Horry County and arrested at his residence.
Mr. Nettles stated the maximum penalty can receive is a fine of $250,000.00 and/or imprisonment for 20 years, plus a special assessment of $100.00.
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.