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Nov. 5, 2010


(BROWNSVILLE, Texas) – A Mexican national previously deported from the United States has been found guilty by a federal jury for illegally reentering the country, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today.

On Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010, a federal jury was selected, testimony was heard and after a short period of time, a federal jury returned its verdicts finding Carlos Garnica-Gonzalez, 59, of Tamaulipas, Mexico, guilty of illegally reentering the country after having been previously deported in March 2010.

On March 10, 2010, Garnica attempted to enter the United States by crossing the Rio Grande River from Matamoros into Brownsville, Texas. When encountered by Border Patrol agents, Garnica did not have documentation to support permission to enter or remain the United States. At trial, he claimed to have had permission since 1977. A review of immigration records showed that Garnica not only did not have permission to enter or remain in the United States as he claimed, but had previously been deported in 1972, 2009 and in February 2010. Garnica was arrested and charged with illegal reentry after deportation.

U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen, who presided over the trial and accepted the jury’s verdict, has set sentencing for Feb. 7, 2010. Garnica faces a maximum of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000, followed by three years of supervised release. Garnica has been in custody since his March 10th arrest.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Joseph Leonard and Latawn Warsaw.

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