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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 5, 2015

Honduran National Indicted for Illegal Reentry

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that DENYS BENITEZ-FERNANDEZ, age 32, a citizen of Honduras, was charged today in a one-count Indictment with illegal reentry into the United States after having been previously deported.

According to the Indictment, BENITEZ-FERNANDEZ was encountered by Immigration & Customs Enforcement agents in the Eastern District of Louisiana on January 22, 2015, after records showed he had been previously deported from the United States to Honduras on April 24, 2013.

If convicted, BENITEZ-FERNANDEZ 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 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 Immigration & Customs Enforcement in investigating this matter.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Emily K. Greenfield is in charge of the prosecution.

Updated September 2, 2015