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Dec. 17, 2010

MAN CONVICTED FOR ILLEGALLY REENTERING THE COUNTRY AFTER HAVING BEEN DEPORTED

(BROWNSVILLE, Texas) - A Brownsville federal jury convicted Antonio Flores-Martinez of illegally reentering the country after having been previously deported, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today. 

Flores-Martinez, 45, born in Tiger Island, Honduras, had been deported in 2008 and 2010 and reentered the United States without permission on Aug. 15, 2010. Flores-Martinez claimed that he had obtained citizenship status from his father who served in the Merchant Marines for nine months during World War II. Despite the father’s military service, there was no evidence that either he or Flores-Martinez ever applied for United States citizenship. A review of immigration records also found no permission for Flores-Martinez to enter or remain in the United States. The jury found Flores-Martinez guilty today in federal court in Brownsville.  

U.S. District Judge Hilda G. Tagle presided over the case. Flores-Martinez faces a maximum of 10 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000, followed by three years of supervised release.

The charges against Flores-Martinez are the result of the investigative efforts of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Border Patrol agents.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys V. LaTawn Warsaw and Sean Clancy.

 

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