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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 26, 2015

Honduran National Guilty to Immigration Offense

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that JOSE ORELLANA, age 35, a native of Honduras, pled guilty yesterday to a one-count Indictment for illegal entry of a removed alien, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1326(a).

According to court documents, ORELLANA was previously removed from the United States on January 15, 2010.  ORELLANA was later found in the Eastern District of Louisiana on December 1, 2014, and had not received permission from the Attorney General of the United States or the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to reenter.

ORELLANA faces a maximum term of imprisonment of two years, as well as a fine of $250,000.  United States District Court Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle set sentencing for April 8, 2015.

U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency in investigating this matter. Assistant United States Attorney Jon Maestri is in charge of the prosecution.

Updated September 2, 2015