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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Louisiana

Friday, August 7, 2020

Guatemalan National Pleads Guilty and Is Sentenced To Time Served For Illegal Re-Entry

NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Peter Strasser announced today that ANIBAL LEONEL LOPEZ-DIAZ (“LOPEZ-DIAZ”), age 38, pled guilty today and was sentenced by Judge Carl Barbier to credit for time served on a one-count indictment for illegal reentry of a removed alien in violation of Title 8, United States Code, Section 1326(a) & 1326(b)(1).  LOPEZ-DIAZ has been in jail since February of this year. The hearing was conducted by video conference because of the COVID-19 situation. He faces deportation once again.

According to the indictment, LOPEZ-DIAZ reentered the United States after he was previously deported on February 28, 2007.  LOPEZ-DIAZ faced a maximum sentence of (10) ten years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000, a maximum term of supervised release of (3) three years, and a mandatory $100 special assessment. 

U.S. Attorney Strasser praised the work of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement in investigating this matter.  Assistant U. S. Attorney Spiro G. Latsis is in charge of the prosecution.


Updated August 7, 2020