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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Dominican National Pleads Guilty to Illegal Reentry

Defendant deported five times; currently on supervised release for illegal reentry

BOSTON - A Dominican national pleaded guilty today in federal court in Boston to illegally reentering the United States after being deported.  

Juan Laboy, 44, a Dominican national residing in Lawrence, pleaded guilty to one count of illegal reentry of a deported alien. U.S. District Court Judge William G. Young scheduled sentencing for Sept. 15, 2018.

Laboy, who is currently on federal supervised release for a 2016 illegal reentry conviction, has previously been deported five times: Oct. 18, 2006; Jan. 12, 2008; April 7, 2010; Dec. 3, 2013; and April 5, 2016.

On Nov. 14, 2017, law enforcement arrested Laboy and charged him with trafficking in cocaine. Laboy’s prints were obtained and found to match the prints in his Alien file. The cocaine trafficking charges are currently pending in Lawrence District Court. 

Immediately following his plea hearing before Judge Young, Laboy appeared before U.S. District Court Judge Allison D. Burroughs for a hearing related to violating his supervised release. Judge Burroughs found Laboy in violation of his supervised release and sentenced him to eight months in prison.

The charge of illegal reentry provides for a sentence of no greater than 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release, a fine of $250,000, and Laboy will be subject to deportation 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 Rebecca J. Adducci, Interim Field Office Director, Boston, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations, made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenneth G. Shine of Lelling’s Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.

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Updated June 21, 2018