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Jan. 14, 2011


(BROWNSVILLE, Texas) - A Brownsville federal jury has convicted Jose Ivan Sanchez-Reyez of illegally reentering the country after having been previously deported, U.S. Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today. The jury returned its verdict against Sanchez-Reyez yesterday after less than a day of trial and only 20 minutes of deliberation.

Sanchez-Reyez, 30, born in Tabasco, Mexico, had been deported in February 2010 and re-entered the United States without permission on July 26, 2010. Sanchez was found by Border Patrol near the Rio Grande River. After questioning by the Border Patrol, it was determined Sanchez had entered the United States illegally after having been previously deported. 

U.S. District Judge Hilda G. Tagle presided over the case. 

Sanchez-Reyez faces a maximum of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000 followed by three years of supervised release at his sentencing hearing on April 11, 2011. He has been and will remain in federal custody pending sentencing.

The charges against Sanchez-Reyez are the result of the investigative efforts of the U.S. Border Patrol. 

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Bill Hagen and Holly D’Andrea.

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