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Repeated Illegal Re-Entry Results In 28 Months Imprisonment For Mexican National

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

HONOLULU -- United States District Judge Leslie E. Kobayashi sentenced Palemon Alexander Delatorre, age 37, to 16 months imprisonment and three years of supervised release on February 16, 2016, for re-entering the United States from Mexico without permission. In a related hearing conducted immediately after his sentencing, Judge Kobayashi revoked Delatorre's supervised release in another criminal immigration case and sentenced him to an additional 12 months imprisonment to be served consecutively to the 16 months imprisonment.

United States Attorney Florence T. Nakakuni said that according to court documents and information presented in court, Delatorre was previously convicted in this district court in September 2014, of re-entering the United States in May 2014 after having been deported in April 2014 following his apprehension by the Hawaii Police Department in Kona. Only two months prior to that deportation, in February 2014, Delatorre had been allowed to voluntarily leave the United States after being arrested by the Hawaii Police Department in Kona for contempt and traffic-related offenses.

According to information produced to the court, after he served approximately three and a half months in prison on his prior conviction for illegal re-entry, Delatorre, who also was sentenced to a one-year term of supervised release, was again deported back to Mexico in September 2014. Subsequently, Delatorre unlawfully re-entered the United States and was again arrested by the Hawaii Police Department in March 2015, resulting in the illegal re-entry charge and violation of a term of supervised release for which he was sentenced on February 16.

The investigation was conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, assisted by the Hawaii Police Department. The prosecution was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tracy Hino.

Updated February 24, 2016