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Friday, December 19, 2014

Citizen Of Guatemala Sentenced To 51 Months In Prison For Illegally Reentering The U.S.


Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that JAVIER MORENO, 27, a citizen of Guatemala who recently resided in Willimantic, was sentenced yesterday by Senior U.S. District Judge Warren W. Eginton in Bridgeport to 51 months of imprisonment for illegally reentering the United States after being deported, and for violating the conditions of his supervised release that followed a previous term of imprisonment for illegal reentry.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on October 15, 2005, MORENO was arrested in Connecticut on state charges that included assault.  On May 26, 2006, he was deported from the U.S. to Guatemala.  MORENO reentered the U.S. and, on December 29, 2006, was arrested in Windham.  Subsequent to his arrest, MORENO was convicted in state court of assault in the second degree, and also violation of probation.  On September 28, 2007, he again was removed to Guatemala.

MORENO reentered the U.S. and, on September 15, 2008, was convicted of criminal impersonation and operation under the influence.  On June 12, 2009, MORENO was convicted of assault in the third degree and failure to appear in the first degree, and was sentenced to one year of incarceration.  MORENO also was convicted of violation of probation stemming from a prior conviction.  MORENO remained in custody from September 8, 2008, until January 29, 2010.

MORENO was charged with illegal reentry, pleaded guilty and, on May 7, 2010, was sentenced by Judge Eginton to 24 months and three years of supervised release.  He completed his federal sentence on December 16, 2011, and was deported to Guatemala for the third time on January 18, 2012.

In January 2014, MORENO again illegally reentered the U.S.  On April 25, 2014, he was charged in state court with interfering with an officer and resisting arrest for leading Willimantic Police officers on a foot pursuit following a motor vehicle stop four days earlier.

MORENO has been detained since his arrest.  On September 24, 2014, he pleaded guilty to reentry of a removed alien.

Judge Eginton sentenced MORENO to 33 months of imprisonment for illegal reentry, and a consecutive 18-month prison term for violating the terms of his supervised release from his previous conviction.

This matter was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Deborah R. Slater.

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