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El Salvadoran National Sentenced to Prison for Illegally Reentering the U.S. after Deportation

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

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JUAN CARLOS ACOSTA, also known as “Juan Carlos Acosta Santos,” 32, a citizen of El Salvador last residing in Manchester, was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall in New Haven to six months of imprisonment for illegally reentering the U.S. after being deported.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on September 27, 2006, ACOSTA was convicted in Manchester Superior Court of assault in the first degree and sentenced to one year of imprisonment, time served, and a one-day conditional discharge.  On December 11, 2006, he was removed to El Salvador.

In February 2015, ACOSTA was arrested in East Hartford on charges of breach of peace in the second degree and interfering.  On April 17, 2015, he was removed to El Salvador without a resolution on the state charges.

In December 2015, ACOSTA was found in the U.S. near Rio Grande Valley, Texas.  On December 23, 2015, he was removed to El Salvador.

On February 12, 2017, the Connecticut State Police arrested ACOSTA for assault in the second degree with a weapon, and related misdemeanor offenses.

ACOSTA has been detained since arrest.  On November 30, 2017, he pleaded guilty to one count of illegal reentry of a removed alien.

The state charges against ACOSTA are pending in Rockville Superior Court.

This matter was investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Hal Chen.

Updated February 26, 2018