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Sept. 29, 2010


(LAREDO, Texas) - A former legal permanent resident of the United States deported earlier this year was convicted by a jury's verdict of attempting to illegally re-enter the United States and lying to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents following a one-day jury trial, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today.

Following a day of trial and five hours of deliberation, a federal jury returned its verdicts on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2010, finding Juan Francisco Jara-Favela, a 46-year-old Mexican national, guilty of all charges. Jara-Favela, who has two prior felony drug possession convictions, faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for the illegal re-entry conviction and a maximum five-year-term of imprisonment as well as a $250,000 fine for the false statement to CBP officers conviction. United States District Judge George P. Kazen, who presided over the trial, has ordered a presentence investigative report. Sentencing will be set at a later date.

During trial, the jury heard testimony from five CBP officers and a Webb County Sheriff’s sergeant. Testimony proved that on May 25, 2010, Jara-Favela approached a CBP passport control officer at the Gateway to the Americas Port of Entry in Laredo and falsely stated he had come from the north (meaning Laredo) to ask a question, then requested an admissions slip into the United States. When the officer refused to grant him admission, Jara-Favela went to another CBP officer, repeated the same false statement and again attempted to enter the United States. A surveillance video showed that Jara-Favela confirmed he had come from Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico - not Laredo - as he claimed. At secondary inspection, when Jara-Favela was confronted by CBP officers with his prior deportation in April 2010, he admitted he had come from Mexico and was attempting to unlawfully re-enter the U.S.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney D.J. Young.


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