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MEXICAN NATIONAL SENTENCED TO THREE YEARS IN PRISON FOR ILLEGALLY REENTERING THE UNITED STATES FOLLOWING DEPORTATION

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Jose Guadalupe Reyes-Infante, 48, of Mexico, was sentenced to three years in prison by United States District Judge Irene C. Berger for illegally reentering the country.  Reyes-Infante pleaded guilty in April. At the conclusion of his sentence, Reyes-Infante will be subject to deportation proceedings by immigration authorities. 

On December 30, 2010, the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department arrested Reyes-Infante on state burglary charges.  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) became aware that Reyes-Infante was incarcerated and that he had entered the United States without permission.  By matching his fingerprints, immigration officials learned Reyes-Infante had prior felony convictions and also had been removed from the United States on three previous occasions. 

In 1983, Reyes-Infante was convicted in Harris County District Court in Houston, Texas, of the aggravated felony offense of attempting to commit homicide of a police officer and was ordered to be deported upon discharge of his sentence.  On November 28, 1988, Reyes-Infante was apprehended near Huntsville, Texas and was subsequently removed in April 1992 after his conviction for felony breaking and entering.  Reyes-Infante also had a prior felony conviction of theft.

The Department of Homeland Security, the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department, and the Pineville Police Department conducted the investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Erik Goes handled the prosecution. 

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