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Previously Deported Alien Sentenced To 10 Years For Illegal Re-Entry Into The United States

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

Fort Myers, Florida – U.S. District Judge Thomas P. Barber has sentenced Israel Perez-Santiago (41, Mexico) to 10 years in federal prison for illegally re-entering the United States without authorization by federal immigration officials.  Perez-Santiago had previously been deported from the United States 11 times and convicted of the crime of illegal re-entry on 4 occasions.

Perez-Santiago also has multiple prior convictions for other crimes ranging from trespass to battery on a law enforcement officer. The federal prosecution commenced after immigration officials located Perez-Santiago in connection with a theft offense being investigated by local authorities in Fort Myers.

This case was investigated by the United States Border Patrol. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael V. Leeman.

Updated August 18, 2023