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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Connecticut

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 15, 2021

Citizen of Guatemala Pleads Guilty to Illegally Reentering U.S.

Leonard C Boyle, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JUAN LUIS MONZON MONTEROSO, also known as Edwin Galvez Lemus, 36, a citizen of Guatemala last residing in Bridgeport, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford to illegal reentry of a removed alien.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in November 2010, approximately two weeks after Monzon Monteroso was encountered by U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) in Jacksonville, Florida, he voluntarily departed the U.S.  In January 2011 and again in April 2011, Monzon Monteroso was encountered by the USBP in Texas and was subsequently removed to Guatemala.  He illegally reentered the U.S. and, in May 2017, was encountered by ICE in Hartford.  He was removed to Guatemala a third time in July 2017.

On December 19, 2019, Monzon Monteroso, using the alias Edwin Galvez Lemus, was arrested by Monroe Police and charged with assault on personnel, breach of peace, reckless endangerment, criminal trespass and running from police.  He has been detained since his arrest.

At sentencing, which is not yet scheduled, Monzon Monteroso faces a maximum term of imprisonment of two years.

This matter is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Deborah R. Slater.

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Immigration
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Updated April 15, 2021