United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Mexican citizen charged with Illegal Reentry After Deportation was sentenced on March 5, 2012, by United States District Judge Roberto A. Lange. Albert Villannueva-Luna, a/k/a Albert Villannueva-Reyes, age 28, was sentenced to 24 months in custody, 1 year of supervised release, $1,525 in restitution, and a $100 special assessment to the Victim Assistance Fund.
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.
This case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Assistant United States Attorney Jay Miller prosecuted the case.
Villannueva-Luna was immediately turned over to the custody of the United States Marshal to begin serving his sentence.