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Mexican National Sentenced for Firearm Violations

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

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that ERIC DE JESUS MENDOZA-MARTINEZ, age 20, a citizen of Mexico, was sentenced today after previously pleading guilty to a one-count Indictment for violations of the Federal Gun Control Act.

U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman sentenced MENDOZA-MARTINEZ to serve ten months imprisonment and ordered to pay a special assessment of $100.  Following his term of imprisonment, MENDOZA-MARTINEZ will be surrendered to the custody of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for removal proceedings.

According to court documents, on or about November 7, 2015, MENDOZA-MARTINEZ, an alien present illegally in the United States, was found in possession of a Taurus .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol.

U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of the Homeland Security Investigations of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, in investigating this matter.  Assistant United States Attorney Spiro G. Latsis is in charge of the prosecution.

Updated May 18, 2016