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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Dominican National Sentenced for Illegal Reentry After Deportation

BOSTON A Dominican national was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for illegally reentering the United States after being deported.

Miguel Guillen Percel, 43, a Dominican national formerly residing in Boston and New York, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge William G. Young to 21 months in prison and three years of supervised release. Percel will be subject to deportation proceedings upon completion of his sentence. In March 2018, Percel pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful reentry of a deported alien.

In 2002, Percel was convicted in federal court in Rhode Island of cocaine distribution and sentenced to 121 months in prison. After completing his sentence, Percel was deported to the Dominican Republic in October 2009.

In July 2017, Percel was arrested in Massachusetts for various motor vehicle infractions.  Percel posted bail and was later released.

In November 2017, Percel was arrested in New York City and charged in state court with drug distribution. While in New York City, he was subsequently arrested on a federal arrest warrant having been charged in federal court in Boston with illegal reentry of a deported alien.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Todd M. Lyons, Acting Field Office Director, Boston, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations; and John Gibbons, U.S. Marshal for the District of Massachusetts, made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenneth G. Shine of Lelling’s Major Crimes Unit prosecuted the case.

Updated November 1, 2018