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Mexican National Pleads Guilty and Is Sentenced For Illegal Re-Entry

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

NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Peter Strasser announced today that ELPIDIO JAIMES-LOPEZ, age 41, pled guilty and was sentenced on July 30, 2020 by U.S. District Judge Martin L.C. Feldman to credit for time served on a one-count indictment for illegal reentry of a removed alien in violation of Title 8, United States Code, Section 1326(a). The Mexican national had been in custody since January 15, 2020. The hearing was conducted by video conference because of the COVID-19 situation. He faces deportation once again.

According to the indictment, JAIMES-LOPEZ (“JAIMES”) reentered the United States after he was previously deported on November 28, 2019.  JAIMES-LOPEZ faced 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 Strasser praised the work of the United States Department of Homeland Security in investigating this matter.  Assistant U. S. Attorney Carter K. D. Guice, Jr. is in charge of the prosecution.

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Updated August 6, 2020