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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Ten-Time Previously Deported Alien Sentenced for Illegal Reentry of an Aggravated Felon Subsequent to Multiple Convictions

RALEIGH – Robert J. Higdon, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announces that JOSE ALFONSO RODRIGUEZ-GARCIA, age 54, of El Salvador, was sentenced in Raleigh by Senior United States District Court Judge W. Earl Britt to 115 months imprisonment for illegal reentry of an aggravated felon.

RODRIGUEZ-GARCIA was named in a one-count Indictment returned by a grand jury sitting in the Eastern District of North Carolina on May 3, 2017.  The indictment charged him with illegal reentry of an aggravated felon, and RODRIGUEZ-GARCIA pled guilty to the same on May 22, 2018. 

As detailed in the public record, RODRIGUEZ-GARCIA was found in Wake County due to his arrest for second degree forcible rape.  He was arrested after having been previously deported ten (10) times, subsequent to multiple convictions, including:

  • burglary,
  • receiving stolen property,
  • grand theft from a person,
  • theft,
  • attempt to distribute a controlled substance,
  • resisting public officer,
  • trespassing,
  • possession of controlled substances,
  • auto theft,
  • evading arrest,
  • assault on a female,
  • deported alien found in the United States,
  • illegal reentry of a previously deported alien, and
  • illegal reentry by a previously deported aggravated felon.

United States Attorney Higdon said, “For years, Jose Alfonso Rodriguez-Garcia disregarded the laws of the United States having been previously deported ten times and racking up conviction after convictions including assault and narcotics offenses.  With this 115 month sentence, the American citizens, and in particular those of the Eastern District, are safer today because it has put a stop to Rodriguez-Garcia’s treating our borders as a revolving door.” 

The case was investigated by ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations.

Topic(s): 
Immigration
Updated August 29, 2018