RICHMOND, Va. – An El Salvadorian citizen who has illegally entered the United States on multiple occasions pleaded guilty today to illegal reentry following deportation and conviction for an aggravated felony.
According to the statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, Mario A. Macias-Maldonado, 29, is a convicted felon who has previously been removed from the United States. In August 2009, Macias-Maldonado was convicted of felony forgery, driving while intoxicated, grand larceny, obstructing justice, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and operating a motor vehicle without a license. Macias-Maldonado was removed from the United States in January 2010, only to illegally return again sometime later. In July 2016, Chesterfield County police issued a felony warrant for Macias-Maldonado on charges of rape by force, threat or intimidation. Macias-Maldonado was arrested in August 2016, and in February 2017 was convicted in Chesterfield County Circuit Court of sexual battery and sentenced to one year in prison.
Macias-Maldonado faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison when sentenced on July 13. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, made the announcement after U.S. Magistrate Judge David J. Novak accepted the plea. Assistant U.S. Attorney S. David Schiller is prosecuting the case. This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
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 is located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 3:16-cr-300.