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Press Release

Dominican Man Charged With Illegal Reentry

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

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that criminal proceedings have been initiated against Reynoso Matos, a/k/a Julio Eliezer Minyettis, age 35, a native and citizen of the Dominican Republic.

     A Grand Jury in Scranton today returned an Indictment charging Matos with illegal reentry into the United States after having been previously deported and after having been convicted of an aggravated felony involving the trafficking of controlled substances.

     If convicted, Matos faces imprisonment of up to 20 years and a fine in the amount of $250,000.

     The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforecment and Removal Operations (ERO).

     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 20 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.

Updated April 16, 2015