DOJ Seal Department of Justice  

United States Attorney John M. Bales
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
TUESDAY, AUGUST 25, 2009                                             PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER                                 DIRECT (409) 981-7902 CELL: (409) 553-9881


TYLER, TX – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a 35-year-old Mexican National has been sentenced to federal prison for an immigration violation in the Eastern District of Texas.  

ANSELMO ESPINOZA-GONZALEZ, of Guanajuato, Mexico, pleaded guilty on Feb. 25, 2009, to unlawfully being in the United States after having been previously deported and was sentenced today to 10 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Leonard E. Davis. 

            According to information presented in court, on Nov. 25, 2008, federal agents discovered that Espinoza was in the custody of the Anderson County Sheriff's Office.  Further investigation revealed that Espinoza was a citizen of Mexico who had previously been deported to Mexico on Nov. 24, 1998, after having been arrested for Driving While Intoxicated in Houston County, Texas.  Espinoza was again found to be unlawfully in the United States, having not obtained the consent of the attorney General of the United States or his successor, the Secretary for Homeland Security, to reapply for admission into the United States since his deportation.  Espinoza will again be deported following the completion of his prison sentence.

            This case was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security – Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Anderson County Sheriff's Office, and the Anderson County Probation Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Allen H. Hurst.


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