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Honduran National Indicted For Illegal Re-Entry

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

NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Peter Strasser announced today that FRANCISCO ANTONIO ESCOTO-AVILA, age 38, was charged on January 30, 2020 in a one-count indictment for illegal reentry of a removed alien in violation of Title 8, United States Code, Section 1326(a).

According to the indictment, FRANCISCO ANTONIO ESCOTO-AVILA (“ESCOTO”), reentered the United States after he was previously deported on March 3, 2011.  If convicted, ESCOTO faces a maximum term of imprisonment of two years, a maximum fine of $250,000, a maximum term of supervised release of one year, and a mandatory $100 special assessment. 

U. S. Attorney Strasser 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 Strasser praised the work of the United States Customs and Border Patrol in investigating this matter.  Assistant U. S. Attorney Spiro G. Latsis is in charge of the prosecution.



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Updated February 6, 2020