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Salvadoran Man Pleads Guilty to Illegal Reentry

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

BOSTON – A Salvadoran man living in Somerville pleaded guilty today in federal court in Boston to unlawfully reentering the United States after deportation. 

Tony Joel Salvador Umanzor, 36, pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful reentry of deported alien. U.S. District Court Judge Richard G. Stearns scheduled sentencing for Oct. 9, 2024. In May 2024, Salvador Umanzor was indicted by a federal grand jury. He has been in federal custody since his initial appearance in federal court on May 9, 2024.

Salvador Umanzor was removed from the United States on Oct. 10, 2018 following a state conviction in 2013 for trafficking oxycodone, for which he was sentenced to five years and one day in prison. Sometime after his removal, Salvador Umanzor unlawfully reentered the United States, and was located in April 2024 following a state arrest for unrelated conduct.

The charge of illegal reentry subsequent to conviction of an aggravated felony provides for a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. If convicted, the defendant will be subject to deportation upon completion of an imposed sentence. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and statutes which govern the determination of a sentence in a criminal case.

Acting United States Attorney Joshua S. Levy; Todd M. Lyons, Field Office Director, Boston, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations; and Boston Police Commissioner Michael Cox made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Elianna J. Nuzum of the Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case. 

Updated June 25, 2024