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Citizen of Mexico Pleads Guilty to Reentering U.S. after Being Removed Multiple Times

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Connecticut

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that EDGAR MANDUJANO-AGUILAR, 31, a citizen of Mexico, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Kari A. Dooley in Bridgeport to one count of reentry of a removed alien.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Mandujano-Aguilar had encounters with the U.S. Border Patrol on two occasions in 2006, both of which resulted in his voluntary return to Mexico.

In December 2010, U.S. Border Patrol encountered Mandujano-Aguilar in Yuma, Arizona.  He was charged and convicted in the District of Arizona with illegal entry, sentenced to time served and, on December 29, 2010, was removed to Mexico.

In February 2011, March 2011 and October 2011, U.S. Border Patrol encountered Mandujano-Aguilar at locations close to the southern border of the U.S.  He was returned to Mexico after each encounter.

On March 16, 2016, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested Mandujano-Aguilar in Massachusetts.  He was charged and convicted in the District of Massachusetts with illegal reentry of a removed alien, sentenced to time served and, on June 9, 2016, was removed to Mexico.

On November 15, 2019, Mandujano-Aguilar was arrested in Waterbury for interfering with an officer.  He has been detained in federal custody since December 18, 2019.

Judge Dooley scheduled sentencing for April 20, 2020, at which time Mandujano-Aguilar faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years.

The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Deborah R. Slater.

Updated January 27, 2020