DEFENDANTS WHO ILLEGALLY REENTERED THE U.S. AFTER DEPORTATION RECEIVE SUBSTANTIAL FEDERAL PRISON SENTENCES
DALLAS — In two unrelated immigration cases just sentenced, defendants who were convicted of illegally reentering the U.S. after deportation received substantial prison sentences, announced U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks of the Northern District of Texas.
In the first case, defendant Jose Vargas-Soto, 34, who pleaded guilty in April 2011 to one count of illegal reentry following deportation, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Terry R. Means on August 29, 2011, to 180 months (15 years) in federal prison. According to plea documents filed in this case, Vargas-Soto, a citizen of Mexico, was deported from the U.S. in November 2009. On September 26, 2010, he was arrested in Weatherford, Texas, having entered the U.S. illegally. The criminal complaint filed in the case notes that Vargas-Soto has previous convictions for manslaughter, intoxicated assault, possession of cocaine, illegal re-entry after deportation, and most recently, driving while intoxicated in September 2010.
In the other case, defendant Osvaldo Compian-Torres, 43, who was convicted of the same offense at trial in February 2011, was sentenced yesterday morning by U.S. District Judge David C. Godbey to 109 months (nine years and one month) in federal prison. Evidence presented at trial showed that Compian-Torres had previously served prison sentences as a result of two previous illegal reentries.
Both defendants will be turned over to U.S. Immigration for deportation following their sentence.
The cases were investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Dallas District Enforcement and Removal Operations Unit. Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn Smith and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Judson Davis prosecuted the cases.
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