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Press Release

Undocumented Immigrant Previously Convicted of Involuntary Manslaughter

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

RICHMOND, Va. – A Guatemalan man was sentenced today to 4 years in prison for illegally reentering the United States.

According to court documents, Jose Gonzalez Flores, 33, was unlawfully present in the United States when he killed a four-year-old child in a car wreck in August 2018. Gonzalez Flores was driving a pickup truck when he struck the rear of a sedan that belonged to a family of four. The collision caused the death of the family’s youngest son. Immediately after the wreck, Gonzalez Flores got out of his truck, surveyed the scene, and fled. He was arrested a few days later, and in April 2019 was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and drug possession in Chesterfield County Circuit Court. The state judge sentenced Gonzalez Flores to 20 years’ imprisonment, with all but three-and-a-half years suspended. The judge also ordered Gonzalez Flores to not illegally reenter the country following his term of imprisonment and subsequent deportation.

Gonzalez Flores was deported to Guatemala in January 2022. One year later, he illegally reentered the United States without admission, inspection, or parole and was located within the Eastern District of Virginia. 

Jessica D. Aber, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Patrick Divver, Acting Field Office Director for Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Washington, D.C., made the announcement after sentencing by Senior U.S. District Judge Robert E. Payne.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Day and Kashan Pathan 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. 3:23-cr-88.

Updated November 20, 2023