United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Albert Villannueva-Luna, a/k/a Albert Villannueva-Reyes, a Mexican citizen, appeared before United States District Judge Roberto A. Lange on December 13, 2011, and pled guilty to an indictment that charged him with Illegal Re-entry After Deportation. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 2 years in custody, a $250,000 fine, or both.
On July 26, 2011, Villannueva-Luna was arrested by the Hyde County Sheriff's Office for grand theft and driving under the influence. The defendant reported that he was a citizen and national of Mexico and that he did not have any immigration papers. A criminal history check revealed that Villannueva-Luna had previously been arrested by the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, in Hidalgo, Texas, using the names Albert Villannueva -Luna and Albert Villannueva-Reyes, and was removed from the United States to Mexico.
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 March 5, 2011. The defendant was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing.