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United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22, 2007                                       PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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MEXICAN NATIONALS SENTENCED TO FEDERAL PRISON
FOR ILLEGALLY BEING IN US

 

SHERMAN, TX – United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced today that two Mexican Nationals have been sentenced in the Eastern District of Texas for illegally being in the United States.  United States District Judge Marcia Crone Schell presided over the sentencing hearings today.

            ROBERTO RIVERA-PENA, a 32-year-old Mexican National residing in Dallas, was sentenced to 50 months in federal prison for being an illegal alien who had previously been deported then unlawfully re-entered the United States. 

            Rivera-Pena was indicted by a federal grand jury on January 10, 2007 and charged with being an illegal alien that unlawfully reentered the United States. 

JOSE PADRON-GOMEZ , a 19-year-old Mexican National residing in McKinney, was sentenced to 9 months in federal prison for being an illegal alien who had previously been deported then unlawfully re-entered the United States.

  Padron-Gomez was indicted by a federal grand jury on February 15, 2007 and charged with being an illegal alien that unlawfully reentered the United States. 

            Assistant U.S. Attorney Michele A. Ratcliffe prosecuted these cases which were the result of investigations by Department of Homeland Security, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The defendants will each be deported upon the completion of their federal prison sentences. 

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