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Press Release

Convicted Felon Sentenced for Illegally Reentering the United States

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

NORFOLK, Va. – A Mexican citizen was sentenced today to one and a half years in prison for illegally reentering the United States subsequent to removal for an aggravated felony conviction.

“Gonzalez-Granillo committed burglary and a sex offense involving a minor victim, was deported at taxpayer expense, and then illegally returned to the country,” said G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. “His criminal actions have shown a complete disrespect for our nation’s laws and borders. Individuals like Gonzalez-Granillo represent a clear threat to the safety and security of our communities, and as such we will continue to prioritize criminal immigration enforcement cases across the Eastern District of Virginia.”

According to court documents, Marcos Gonzalez-Granillo, 40, originally illegally entered the United States in 1997. In 2002, he was convicted in state court in North Carolina of attempted second-degree rape and first-degree burglary, an aggravated felony. He was removed from the country at taxpayer expense in 2007 after serving his state prison sentence. Gonzalez-Granillo was next encountered by law enforcement authorities in Norfolk in 2019, when he was arrested for failure to register as a sex offender under Virginia law.

G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Lyle A. Boelens, Acting 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 U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Daniel P. Shean and Elizabeth M. Yusi 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. 2:19-cr-75.


Joshua Stueve
Director of Public Affairs

Updated October 4, 2019