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Illegal Alien with History of Driving While Intoxicated Convictions Sentenced to Federal Prison

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

United States Attorney Brandon Fremin announced that United States District Court Judge John W. deGravelles sentenced JESUS MORALES-SANCHEZ, age 35, of Mexico, to serve 37 months in federal prison following his conviction for illegal re-entry into the United States by a removed alien.  During the sentencing hearing, the Court cited the defendant’s extensive history of alcohol abuse, including an incident where the defendant’s actions resulted in the death of the passenger of his vehicle. 

Morales-Sanchez was encountered by law enforcement on February 15, 2019, after serving one year in the Louisiana Department of Corrections for driving while intoxicated – third offense.  Prior to his release from custody, an agent with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) confirmed that the defendant was a citizen of Mexico, with no legal status to reside or work in the United States, who had been previously removed from the United States on April 21, 2011.  The defendant’s criminal history includes convictions for vehicular homicide and driving while intoxicated.    

U.S. Attorney Fremin stated, “This office will not tolerate those who enter our nation illegally and break laws intended to keep our communities safe.  We will continue to hold accountable those illegal aliens who enter this country and disregard the rule of law.  I want to thank our prosecutor, and the federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies who brought this offender to justice.”

This matter was handled by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Louisiana and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jessica Jarreau.    

Updated August 12, 2019