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Honduran National Pleads Guilty to Immigration Offense

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

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that YAIR ROCHEZ-MARTINEZ, age 37, a citizen of Honduras, pled guilty today 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, ROCHEZ-MARTINEZ was previously removed from the United States on December 27, 2013. He was later found in the Eastern District of Louisiana on May 22, 2016 and had not received permission from the Attorney General of the United States or the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to reenter.

ROCHEZ-MARTINEZ faces a maximum term of imprisonment of two years, as well as a fine of $250,000. U.S. District Court Judge Lance M. Africk set sentencing for September 22, 2016.

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

Updated August 4, 2016