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Sept. 2, 2009


(LAREDO, Texas) – Jesus Alexi Pineda, 22, a native and citizen of El Salvador, has been sentenced to 46 months in federal prison for unlawfully re-entering the United States after he had previously been deported, United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced today.

On April 11, 2009, Pineda was apprehended by Border Patrol agents walking through the brush on a ranch north of Laredo, Texas. At that time he had no permission to re-enter the United States. Pineda was deported to El Salvador on Sept. 21, 2007, after serving a sentence imposed for his December 2006 conviction in Montgomery County, Md., Circuit Court. The charge was for first-degree burglary of a Rockville, Md., home from which a government laptop and external hard drive containing the unencrypted names, Social Security numbers and birth dates of approximately 19.6 million veterans and active-duty military personnel, as well as the names and birth dates of about 6.9 million other veterans and service members were stolen. The computer and hard drive were eventually recovered and there is no evidence that the personal information of any of the military personnel was used by this defendant or others.

Indicted in April 2009 by a Laredo grand jury for illegally re-entering the United States, Pineda pleaded guilty on June 11, 2009. He has been in federal custody since his arrest and will remain in custody to serve his sentence.

The investigation was conducted by United States Border Patrol agents and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frank T. Pimentel.



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