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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 2, 2014

Criminal Immigration Charges Brought Against Two Illegal Aliens

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, announced today that charges in two unrelated cases were brought against the following persons in Harrisburg on May 30, 2014.

     Marcos Guillen-Guillen, age 32, a native and citizen of Honduras, in the United States illegally was charged in a one-count information filed with the Court in Harrisburg today.  The information alleges that Guillen-Guillen, an illegal alien, did enter the United States at any time or place other than as designated by immigration officers and was found in the United States in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania after eluding examination or inspection by immigration officers.

     If convicted, Guillen-Guillen faces a maximum sentence of up to 6 months’ imprisonment and a $5,000 fine.

     Johnny Martinez-Palacios, age 32, a native and citizen of Honduras, in the United States illegally was charged in a one-count information filed with the Court in Harrisburg today.

     The information alleges that Martinez-Palacios, an illegal alien, did enter the United States at any time or place other than as designated by immigration officers and was found in the United States in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania after eluding examination or inspection by immigration officers.

     If convicted, Martinez-Palacios faces a maximum sentence of up to 6 months’ imprisonment and a $5,000 fine.

     The investigations were conducted by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) and is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Brian G. McDonnell.

     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.

     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.

Updated April 16, 2015