Alpena Resident Pleads Guilty to Immigration Offense
Public Information Officer
US Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Cristian Mendez-Barrientos, age 25, of Alpena, appeared before Chief US District Judge Karen E. Schreier on November 8, 2012, and pled guilty to an indictment that charged him with illegal reentry after deportation. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 2 years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine.
Mendez-Barrientos came into contact with law enforcement in Beadle County on September 16, 2012. A fingerprint check revealed that he had previously been deported to Guatemala in 2010 and was in the United States illegally.
The investigation was conducted by the Huron Police Department and the US Department of Homeland Security - Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant US Attorney Connie Larson.
A presentence investigation was ordered, and a sentencing date was set for December 14, 2012. The defendant was remanded to the custody of the US Marshal pending sentencing.