DOJ Seal Department of Justice  
United States Attorney John M. Bales
Eastern District of Texas

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2009            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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MEXICAN NATIONAL SENTENCED FOR IMMIGRATION VIOLATIONS

 

            TYLER, TX – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a 23-year-old Mexican National has been sentenced to federal prison for immigration violations in the Eastern District of Texas.

            JUAN MANUEL PADRON-LEYVA, also known as, Ceaser Chavez, of Mexico City, Mexico, pleaded guilty on May 28, 2009, to being a criminal alien found unlawfully present in the United States after having been previously deported, and was sentenced today to 73 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Leonard E. Davis. 

            According to information presented in court, on February 7, 2009, Padron-Leyva was arrested in Titus County on public intoxication charges and then transferred to Gregg County to face state prostitution charges.  On March 8, 2009, agents with the Department of Homeland Security – Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) found Padron-Levya at the Gregg County, Texas, jail. The ICE investigation revealed that Padron-Leyva was a citizen of Mexico who had been deported to Mexico on September 15, 2007, after felony convictions in Kentucky for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, Assault-Second Degree, Sexual Abuse – First Degree, and Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Circuit Court for Bourbon County, Kentucky.  On April 8, 2009, a federal grand jury returned a one count indictment charging Padron-Levya with being found unlawfully present in the United States, in Smith County, Texas, 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 previous deportation.

            This case was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security – Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Titus and Gregg County Sheriff's Departments. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Allen H. Hurst.

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