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

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Honduran National Sentenced for Illegal Re-Entry

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that ALEX OBDULIO CRUZ-MATUTE, age 39, was sentenced today after previously pleading guilty to a one-count Indictment for illegal reentry of a removed alien in violation of Title 8, United States Code, Section 1326(a).


U.S. District Judge Kurt D. Engelhardt sentenced CRUZ-MATUTE to two years imprisonment, to be followed by two years of supervised release. Additionally, CRUZ-MATUTE was fined $5,000 and ordered to pay $100 special assessment. Following completion of his sentence, CRUZ-MATUTE will be surrendered to the custody of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement for removal proceedings.


According to court documents, CRUZ-MATUTE reentered the United States after having been deported on October 11, 2007.


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 was in charge of the prosecution.

Updated February 1, 2017