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Press Release

Honduran Man Charged with Illegal Reentry

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

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA –  ELIAS MANUEL MURCIA-BONILLA, age 32, a native of Honduras, was charged yesterday in a one-count indictment with Illegal Reentry in violation of Title 8, United States Code, Section 1326(a), announced United States Attorney Duane A. Evans.

MURCIA-BONILLA faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 2 years, a term of supervised release up to 1 year, a fine of up to $100,000.00, and a mandatory special assessment fee of $100.00.   

U.S. Attorney Evans reiterated that an indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of Homeland Security Investigations, Enforcement and Removal Operations agents in investigating this matter. Assistant United States Attorney Jon Maestri of the General Crimes Unit is in charge of the prosecution.


Shane Jones

Community Outreach Coordinator 

U.S. Attorney's Office 

Eastern District of Louisiana 

Updated August 18, 2023