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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Pennsylvania

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Citizen Of Mexico Enters Guilty Plea For Illegal Re–Entry Into The United States After Having Been Previously Deported

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Jenaro Moctezuma-Galicia, age 30, a citizen of Mexico, pleaded guilty today before Senior United States District Judge A. Richard Caputo in Wilkes-Barre to the charge of illegally re-entering the United States after having been previously deported.  

According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, Moctezuma-Galicia was indicted by a grand jury in April 2016 and was charged with illegal re-entry into the United States after having previously been removed from the United States.

The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Removal Operations (ERO).

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert J. O’Hara

A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

In this case, the maximum penalty which can be imposed under federal law is two years of imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a $250,000 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.


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Updated June 1, 2016