Jury Convicts Man in Illegal Re-Entry Case
|Jan. 11, 2012|
LAREDO, Texas – A federal jury has returned a guilty verdict against Jose Lopez Guzman, 46, a citizen of El Salvador, of illegally re-entering the United States, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today. Guzman was convicted less than an hour ago in Laredo federal court.
During trial, the jury heard testimony from a United States Border Patrol agent who apprehended Guzman shortly after he entered the United States from Mexico by wading across the Rio Grande River. A United States Citizenship and Immigration Services officer also testified that Guzman is a citizen of El Salvador who had been ordered removed by an immigration judge in 1991. Evidence indicated that Guzman was removed from the United States in May 2008, August 2010 and again in August 2011, before being discovered in the United States in November 2011. According to court records, there was no record of him ever having applied for re-admission into the United States after having been removed and was prohibited from entering the United States at any time.
United States District Court Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo, who presided over the trial, accepted the jury’s verdict, convicted Guzman and set sentencing for April 2012 at which time he faces a maximum of 20 years imprisonment, as well as a $250,000 fine. He has been in custody since his Nov. 6, 2011, arrest.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sonah Lee and Homero Ramirez prosecuted the case.