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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 12, 2018

Nicaraguan National Pleads Guilty to Illegal Re-Entry of a Removed Alien Previously Convicted of a Felony

U. S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that NORWIN CASTELLON-LOPEZ, age 35, a citizen and national of Nicaragua, pled guilty yesterday to a one-count Bill of Information for illegally re-entering the United States having previously been deported as an illegal alien and having previously been convicted of a felony.

According to court documents, CASTELLON-LOPEZ was found in the United States on or about January 11, 2017, after having been previously removed from the United States on December 22, 2010, and October 7, 2015.  Further, on August 30, 2010, CASTELLON-LOPEZ was convicted of a felony in Orleans Parish Criminal District Court. 

CASTELLON-LOPEZ faces a maximum term of imprisonment of ten (10) years, a fine of $250,000.00, and up to three (3) years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.  Sentencing is scheduled for June 20, 2018, before Chief United States District Judge Engelhardt. 

U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in investigating this matter.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael M. Simpson is in charge of the prosecution.

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Updated April 12, 2018