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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Illegal Immigrant Pleads Guilty after Fourth Illegal Entry into U.S.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A citizen of El Salvador with a previous felony conviction for Carnal Knowledge of a Child, pleaded guilty today to illegal reentering the United States for a fourth time.

According to court documents, Giovanni Omar Medrano-Urrutia, 41, reentered the United States after having been removed on four prior occasions. First, in June 2005 in Harlingen, Texas; again in November 2006 in Houston, Texas; again in March 2010 in Houston; and again in October 2018 in Alexandria, Louisiana. Medrano-Urrutia’s criminal history spans two decades in the United States, and notably includes a felony conviction for Carnal Knowledge of a Child in January 2000, in the Circuit Court for Fairfax County.

Medrano-Urrutia pleaded guilty to illegal reentry after removal subsequent to a conviction for an aggravated felony. Medrano-Urrutia faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison when sentenced on December 15. 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.

G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Matthew Munroe, 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 Senior U.S. District Judge Liam O’Grady accepted the plea. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Viviana Vasiu 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. 1:20-cr-179.

Topic(s): 
Immigration
Contact: 
Joshua Stueve Director of Public Affairs joshua.stueve@usdoj.gov
Updated September 15, 2020