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May 01, 2012

Mexican Nationals Sentenced for Federal Immigration Violations in EDTX

TYLER, Texas – Three Mexican Nationals have been sentenced to federal prison for immigration violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.  Sentencing hearings were held before U.S. District Judge Leonard Davis.

                Jose Luis Rosales-Betancourt, 26, of Guerrero, Mexico, pleaded guilty on Dec. 6, 2011, to being a criminal alien unlawfully present in the United States after having been previously deported, and was sentenced on April 24, 2012 to 30 months in federal prison.  According to information presented in court, Rosales-Betancourt admitted to being a Mexican national who had been deported to Mexico after a criminal conviction for aggravated robbery in Smith County, Texas, back on July 17, 2006. After being deported to Mexico, Rosales-Betancourt reentered the United States without permission and was ultimately found unlawfully present in Smith County on Sep. 19, 2011.  Rosales-Betancourt was indicted by a federal grand jury and charged with immigration violations on Oct. 5, 2010. This case was investigated by the Tyler Police Department, the Smith County Sheriff’s Department, and Homeland Security Investigations.

Cesar Mendoza-Hernandez, 50, of Saltillo Mexico, pleaded guilty on Nov. 8, 2011, to being a criminal alien unlawfully present in the United States after having been previously deported, and was sentenced today to 96 months in federal prison. According to information presented in Court, Mendoza has an extensive criminal history, including convictions for Involuntary Manslaughter in Harris County, Texas, in 1986 and a prior Illegal Reentry conviction in the Northern District of Texas in 2000.  He has been deported to Mexico three times. His last deportation occurred on Mar. 21, 2006. After being deported, Mendoza reentered the United States without permission and was ultimately found unlawfully present in the Gregg County jail on Apr. 17, 2011.  Mendoz was indicted by a federal grand jury and charged with immigration violations on Sep. 15, 2011.  This case was investigated by the Longview Police Department, the Gregg County Sheriff’s Department, and Homeland Security Investigations.

Manuel Baeza-Tafolla, 43, of Michoacán, Mexico, pleaded guilty on Jan. 4, 2012, to being an alien unlawfully present in the United States after having been previously deported, and was sentenced today to 12 months in federal prison. According to information presented in Court, Baeza was previously convicted of alien smuggling in the Del Rio Division of the Western District of Texas in 1999.  After this conviction, Baeza was deported to Mexico on Jan. 5, 2000. After being deported, Baeza reentered the United States and was found unlawfully present in Gregg County, Texas, on Sep. 19, 2011. Baeza was indicted by a federal grand jury and charged with immigration violations on Nov. 2, 2011.  This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations.

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

                These cases were prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alan Hurst.

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