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Illegal Alien Sentenced to 57 Months for Repeated Illegal Reentries and crimes of violence

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 1, 2010

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Miguel Angel Monjaras-Castro, 37, a native of El Salvador, was sentenced today to 57 months in prison for illegal reentry after deportation for commission of an aggravated felony. 

            Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Henry Lucero, Director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Washington Field Office, made the announcement after sentencing by United States District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema.  Monjaras-Castro was pled guilty on July 15, 2010. 

            On April 24, 2009, Monjaras-Castro was located by ICE agents at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center, as part of ERO’s Criminal Alien Program.  According to court documents, Monjaras-Castro claimed to be a lawful permanent resident who arrived in the United States on a valid visa.  However, Monjaras-Castro had been removed on Dec. 8, 1997, and again on April 18, 2008. 

            Monjaras-Castro’s second removal was subsequent to two felony convictions for crimes of violence.  On Jan. 16, 1997, Monjaras-Castro was convicted in Dallas County, Texas, of raping his estranged wife at knifepoint.  He was sentenced to 10 years in prison, with all 10 years probated.  On Feb. 10, 1997, Monjaras-Castro was convicted of in Kaufman County, Texas, for twice striking a victim on the neck with the barrel of a loaded handgun and firing shots near the victim’s vehicle.  He was sentenced to three years’ probation. 
           
            This case was investigated by ICE.  Special Assistant United States Attorney Ferdose al-Taie prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/vae.  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.uspci.uscourts.gov.

 

 

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