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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Dominican National Pleads Guilty to Illegal Reentry

BOSTON – A Dominican national pleaded guilty today in federal court in Boston to illegally reentering the United States after deportation.

Miguel Guillen Percel, 43, pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful reentry of a deported alien. U.S. District Court Judge William G. Young scheduled sentencing for June 4, 2018.

On July 20, 2017, Percel, who, at the time, was using the alias “Carlos Colon,” was arrested for a motor vehicle violation. When law enforcement officers took “Colon’s” fingerprints, they found that they matched those of Miguel Guillen Percel, who had previously been deported in October 2009. During an interview with law enforcement, Percel admitted his true name and prior deportation.

Percel faces a sentence of no greater than 20 years in prison, up to three years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000. Percel will be subject to deportation hearings upon completion of his sentence. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling and Michael Shea, Acting Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston, made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenneth G. Shine of Lelling’s Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.

Updated March 29, 2018