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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 9, 2019

Illegal Alien Pleads Guilty After Third DWI in 5 Years

RICHMOND, Va. – A Guatemalan citizen pleaded guilty today to illegal reentry following removal after being convicted of a felony.

According to court documents, Esau Juarez-Garcia, 42, was arrested in March 2014 in Chesterfield County and convicted of his third driving while intoxicated offense in five years, which resulted in a felony. In April 2014, Juarez Garcia was deported at taxpayer expense. Sometime thereafter he illegally returned to the United States. In February 2019, ICE learned of his return after he was arrested in Chesterfield County for local violations. 

Juarez-Garcia pleaded guilty to illegal reentry following removal after being convicted of a felony and faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison when sentenced on August 13. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties

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 U.S. Magistrate Judge Roderick C. Young accepted the plea. Assistant U.S. Attorney S. David Schiller is prosecuting 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. 3:19-cr-59.

Topic(s): 
Immigration
Contact: 
Joshua Stueve Director of Communications joshua.stueve@usdoj.gov
Updated May 9, 2019