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December 14, 2010


Mexican National Sentenced
for Illegal Re-Entry into the United States

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA - A Mexican national was sentenced in United States District Court in Wheeling on December 13, 2010, by Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that JOAQUIN GASPAR-JOSE, also known as JOAQUIN RASPER-JOSE, also known as EDUARDO ALMARAZ, also known as JOSE CASPER, also known as JOAQUIN GASPAR JOSE, age 37, was sentenced to 8 months imprisonment, to be followed by one year of supervised release. GASPAR-JOSE entered a plea of guilty on October 5, 2010, to one count of unlawfully entering the United States after having been previously deported without obtaining the express consent of the Attorney General or the Secretary of Homeland Security to reapply for admission to the United States. GASPAR-JOSE was found on July 6, 2010, in Ohio County, West Virginia, after a routine traffic stop made by the Ohio County Sheriff’s Office. Records show that GASPAR-JOSE is a Mexico native and has been deported previously on two occasions; once from Pompano Beach, Florida, on April 26, 2010 and once from Casa Grande, Arizona, on May 26, 2010. Judge Stamp, in denying defense counsel’s request for a lesser sentence, noted that GASPAR-JOSE’s repeated entry into the country without permission justified a sentence of imprisonment as a deterrent in the future.

GASPAR-JOSE was remanded to custody until the Bureau of Prisons designates the institution where he will serve his sentence. After completing his sentence, GASPAR-JOSE will be deported to Mexico.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John C. Parr and was investigated by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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