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Dominican National Pleads Guilty to Illegal Reentry After Deportation

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts
Defendant had altered fingerprints

BOSTON – A citizen of the Dominican Republic pleaded guilty today in federal court in Boston to a federal immigration charge.


Juan Antonio Colon, 52, a Dominican national residing in Boston, pleaded guilty to one count of re-entry of a removed alien. U.S. District Court Judge William G. Young scheduled sentencing for June 27, 2017.


On Nov. 9, 2016, after a motor vehicle stop in Roxbury, law enforcement officers arrested Colon for possession of Oxycodone, giving a false name, and operating with a suspended registration. Colon’s fingerprints have been altered, but federal agents were able to positively identify him using their comparative fingerprint analysis tool. Further investigation revealed that Colon was previously deported from the United States in May 2009 and July 2013.


The charging statute provides for a sentence of no greater than 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. Colon will be subject to deportation upon completion of his sentence. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.


Acting United States Attorney William D. Weinreb and Matthew Etre, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston, made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicholas Soivilien of Weinreb’s Criminal Division is prosecuting the case.

Updated May 9, 2017