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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 30, 2015

Honduran National Pleads Guilty to Immigration Offense

United States Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that JOSE MARTINEZ-ROMERO, age 32, a native of Honduras, pled guilty yesterday to a one-count Indictment for illegal entry of a removed alien.

According to court documents, MARTINEZ was previously removed from the United States on April 16, 2007.  MARTINEZ was later found in the Eastern District of Louisiana on March 2, 2015 and had not received permission from the Attorney General of the United States or the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to reenter.

MARTINEZ faces a maximum term of imprisonment of two years, as well as a fine of $250,000. United States District Court Judge Carl J. Barbier set sentencing for June 11, 2015.

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

Jose Martinez-Romero Factual Basis (630.46 KB)

Updated September 2, 2015