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Mexican National Sentenced for Illegal Reentry into the United States

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

LONDON, Ky. – A Mexican National, illegally residing in London, Rafael Martinez, 41, was sentenced on Wednesday, by U.S. District Judge Robert Wier, to 77 months in prison, for illegal reentry to the United States following a conviction for an aggravated felony.

According to his plea agreement, Martinez was ordered removed to Mexico from the United States, on August 30, 2004, following his conviction and service of a sentence for child molestation from Grant County, Indiana.  At the time of his conviction, Martinez was unlawfully present in the United States.  On September 14, 2018, Martinez was arrested in Laurel County, Kentucky, on new state charges, and he was identified as a previously removed alien who had made no attempt to apply for re-admission to the United States.  Martinez was ultimately convicted on these Kentucky charges and his federal sentence was ordered to run consecutively to this prior Kentucky sentence.        

Under federal law, Martinez must serve 85 percent of his federal prison sentence.    

Carlton S. Shier, IV, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, and LaDeon Francis, Director, Department of Homeland Security, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations, (ICE-ERO) Chicago Field Office, jointly announced the sentence.

The investigation was conducted by ICE-ERO.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Parman prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.

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Updated May 30, 2024