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Feb. 22, 2010


Defendant has three previous convictions for same offense

(BROWNSVILLE, TX) – A 53-year old Honduran national, previously convicted of illegally reentering the U. S. after deportation on three separate occasions, has been convicted yet again, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today. 

After a one day bench trial before U. S. District Judge Andrew Hanen today, Juan Lopez-Sanabria, 53, was convicted by the court of illegally reentering the United States after deportation or removal. Lopez-Sanabria, a Honduran national and resident of Naco, Santa Barbara, Honduras, has three prior convictions for illegally reentering the U. S. after deportation or removal for which he has served prison terms.

During this trial, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents testified that in November 2009 a concerned citizen at ranch near Kingsville, Texas reported illegal alien traffic in the area. Agents responded to the call and after an hour long search found Lopez-Sanabria walking along Armstrong Street in Kingsville. Lopez-Sanabria fled from the agents, but was apprehended after a short chase.

Through further investigation, Lopez-Sanabria was identified as a citizen of Honduras who has entered the U.S. without authorization on multiple occasions beginning in 1989 and the last in April 2009.  He was convicted of the same offense in 2002, 2004 and 2007 and sentenced to 10, 15, and 18 months imprisonment, respectively.

Lopez-Sanabria has been in custody since his arrest and will remain in custody pending his sentencing set for June 1, 2010. As a previously convicted felon, Lopez-Sanabria now faces a maximum of 20 years imprisonment as well as a $250,000 fine for this conviction.

This case was investigated by CBP and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement and is being prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorney Oscar Ponce.



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