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Colombian National Sentenced for Illegal Reentry After Deportation

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

BOSTON – A Colombian national was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for a federal immigration crime.


Dorance Serna-Bedoya, 50, was sentenced today by U.S. District Court Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. to 27 months in prison and three years of supervised release. Serna-Bedoya will be subject to deportation proceedings upon completion of his sentence. In May 2017, Serna-Bedoya pleaded guilty to unlawful reentry of a deported alien.


In 1993, Serna-Bedoya was convicted in Suffolk Superior Court of distribution of cocaine, and was sentenced to 10-11 years in jail. While serving the Suffolk Superior Court sentence, Serna-Bedoya was convicted in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York of drug distribution and sentenced to 30 additional months in jail. Upon completion of these sentences, Serna-Bedoya was placed into removal proceedings and on Jan. 6, 2006, he was deported to Colombia. On Oct. 25, 2016, Serna-Bedoya was arrested in Massachusetts using a forged Pennsylvania driver’s license. Officers obtained Serna-Bedoya’s fingerprints and found them to match those contained in Serna-Bedoya’s immigration file.


Acting United States Attorney William D. Weinreb; Matthew J. Etre, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston; and Colonel Richard D. McKeon, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenneth G. Shine of Weinreb’s Major Crimes Unit prosecuted the case.


Updated September 7, 2017