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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, December 9, 2016

Honduran National Indicted for Illegal Re-Entry and Gun Possession

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that REYNALDO BRAN FONSECA, age 35, was charged today in a three-count Indictment for illegal reentry of a removed alien and possession of firearms by an illegal alien in violation of Title 8, United States Code, Section 1326(a) and Title 18, United States Code 922(g)(5)(A), respectively.

According to the Indictment, FONSECA reentered the United States after he was previously deported on November 5, 2010.  The Indictment also alleges that FONSECA illegally possessed a Colt .357 revolver on February 22, 2016, and a Glock semi-automatic pistol on April 7, 2016.

If convicted of illegal reentry, FONSECA 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.  If convicted of weapons possession, FONSECA faces a maximum term of imprisonment of ten years, a maximum fine of $250,000, a maximum term of supervised release of three years, and a mandatory $100 special assessment.

U.S. Attorney Polite 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 Polite praised the work of the United States Department of Homeland Security in investigating this matter.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Spiro G. Latsis is in charge of the prosecution.

 

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Immigration
Updated December 9, 2016