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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Connecticut

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 13, 2013

Citizen Of Brazil Who Twice Reentered U.S. After Deportation Sentenced To 15 Months In Federal Prison


Deirdre M. Daly, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that CHRISTIANO HENRIQUE De PAULA, also known as “Christiano DePaula,” “Christian DePaula,” and “Christiano Decamargo,” 27, a citizen of Brazil, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven to 15 months of imprisonment for illegally reentering the U.S. after he was deported.

According to court documents and statements made in court, De PAULA was deported from the U.S. to his native Brazil in May 2008 after his conviction in New Jersey for aggravated assault with a weapon.  He illegally returned to the U.S. and, on August 25, 2008, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Texas to illegal entry of a removed alien.  De PAULA was sentenced to 20 days of imprisonment and, in October 2008, was deported to Brazil.

On June 27, 2012, De PAULA was arrested by Bridgeport Police after he was involved in an altercation with another individual at a local restaurant.  De PAULA had been using the name “Christiano Decamargo.”

De PAULA has been detained since his arrest.  On March 6, 2013, he pleaded guilty to one count of illegal reentry of a removed alien.

This matter was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations, with the assistance of the Bridgeport Police Department.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Hal Chen. 

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