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Mexican National Who Illegally Reentered U.S. is Sentenced

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

Vanessa Roberts Avery, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that CARLOS FERNANDEZ-BARRITOS, also known as “Ricardo Fernandez,” 30, a citizen of Mexico formerly residing in East Hartford, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Vernon D. Oliver in Hartford to 16 months of imprisonment for illegally reentering the U.S. after being deported.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on December 11, 2014, Fernandez was sentenced in Bridgeport federal court to approximately 14 months of imprisonment, time already served, for his role in a narcotics trafficking ring.  He was removed from the U.S. to Mexico in January 2015.

On November 4, 2022, Fernandez was arrested by Hartford Police for disorderly conduct, threatening, assault in the third degree, reckless endangerment in the first degree, and interfering with police.  He was released on a $20,000 bond shortly thereafter.  On March 15, 2023, the East Hartford Police Department responded to a report that Fernandez had stabbed his domestic partner.  Fernandez fled before police arrived.

Fernandez has been detained since August 15, 2023, when he was arrested on federal criminal complaint charging him with illegally reentering the U.S.  He pleaded guilty to the offense on May 3, 2024.

This matter was investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie T. Levick.

Updated June 18, 2024

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