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Press Release

18th Street Gang Member Sentenced for Illegally Reentering the U.S.

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

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A Manassas man was sentenced today to 14 months in prison for illegal reentering the United States following removal after a felony conviction.

According to court documents, Norman Rolando Medina Sanchez, 40, a citizen of Honduras, was removed from the United States in March 2009 after having illegally entered the country near Brownsville, Texas, in 2005. In January 2008, prior to his first removal, Medina Sanchez was arrested and subsequently convicted in Prince William County of two counts of statutory burglary and two counts of grand larceny, all felonies under Virginia law. Medina Sanchez illegally reentered the United States again in March 2010 near Carrizo, Texas. Medina Sanchez was convicted of a felony for reentering the country illegally and was removed again at taxpayer expense on July 4, 2014.  Later that same year, Medina Sanchez illegally reentered the United States without permission a third time near Brownsville, Texas.  

In August 2019, Medina Sanchez was the victim of a gang-related shooting by members of MS-13, who were motivated by Medina Sanchez’s membership in 18th Street, a rival criminal gang. Later that month, Medina Sanchez was arrested by federal authorities.

G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Russell Hott, Field Office Director for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Washington, D.C., made the announcement after sentencing by Senior U.S. District Judge Claude M. Hilton. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Rachael Tucker prosecuted the case.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information are located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 1:19-cr-284.


Joshua Stueve
Director of Public Affairs

Updated November 22, 2019