Mexican Citizen Pleads Guilty to Illegal Reentry After Deportation
Assistant United States Attorney
United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Eric Garcia, a/k/a Eric Capetillo-Garcia, a/k/a Erik Capetillo-Garcia, a/k/a Jorge Paredes-Rivera, age 31, a Mexican citizen, appeared before United States District Judge Roberto A. Lange on June 21, 2011, and pled guilty to an indictment that charged him with Illegal Reentry After Deportation. The maximum penalty upon conviction is two years in custody, a $250,000 fine, or both; one year of supervised release; and a $100 special assessment.
On May 4, 2011, Garcia was a passenger in a Ford F350 pickup truck with commercial license plates being driven by his employer. The vehicle stopped at a temporary vehicle inspection checkpoint operated by the South Dakota Highway Patrol/Motor Carrier Services near Gettysburg, South Dakota. Troopers asked Garcia for identification, and he indicated he had none. He provided the name "Eric Garcia." Highway Patrol records checks found no match for that name and date of birth provided.
Garcia is from Mexico and was present in the United States without proper immigration documents after being previously removed. Garcia had been previously arrested by U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents on March 12, 2010, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and was ordered removed to Mexico on or about March 23, 2010. He was removed to Mexico through Laredo, Texas, on or about March 24, 2010. Garcia had not made a request to the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security or Attorney General for permission to re-enter the United States.
The investigation was conducted by the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jay Miller.
A presentence investigation was ordered, and a sentencing date was set for August 2, 2011. The defendant was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing.