The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, announced that a federal grand jury today returned an indictment charging an illegal alien from Mexico with unlawful re-entry into the United States.
According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, Antonio Figueroa-Zamora, age 29, of Monroe County, an alien who had previously been deported from the United States pursuant to law, was charged by the grand jury for allegedly re-entering the United States on or before June 4, 2014 at an unknown place.
If convicted, Antonio Figueroa-Zamora faces a term of imprisonment of two years of imprisonment.
The investigation was conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Philadelphia. Prosecution is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Olshefski.
Indictments and Criminal Informations are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.
A sentence following a finding of guilty is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.
In this case, the maximum penalty under the federal statute is 2 years imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant’s educational, vocational and medical needs. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.