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Dominican National Sentenced for Illegal Reentry

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

BOSTON – A Dominican national who previously resided in Lawrence was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for illegal reentry.

Melvin Villar, 56, was sentenced by U.S. Senior District Court Judge Douglas P. Woodlock to 30 months in prison and three years of supervised release. Villar will also be subject to deportation upon completion of his sentence. In September 2020, Villar pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful reentry of deported alien.

On July 23, 2019, Villar was encountered in Lawrence. Villar was previously deported on three separate occasions between 2004 and 2019. At some point after each deportation, he illegally reentered the United States. Villar was also previously convicted of illegal reentry.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Todd M. Lyons, Field Office Director, Boston, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations; and Lawrence Police Chief Roy Vasque made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Suzanne Sullivan Jacobus of Lelling’s Major Crimes Unit prosecuted the case. 

Updated February 17, 2021