United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Mexican man charged with Illegal Reentry After Deportation was sentenced on August 2, 2011, by United States District Judge Roberto A. Lange. Eric Garcia, a/k/a Eric Capetillo-Garcia, a/k/a Erik Capetillo-Garcia, a/k/a Jorge Paredes-Rivera, age 31, was sentenced to 122 days in custody and a $100 special assessment to the Victim Assistance Fund.
Garica was indicted for Illegal Reentry After Deportation by a federal grand jury on May 10, 2011. The charge arose from an incident on May 4, 2011, when 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. He 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. He pled guilty to the charge on June 21, 2011.
This case was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Assistant United States Attorney Jay Miller prosecuted the case.
Garcia was immediately turned over to the custody of the United States Marshal, to being serving his sentence.