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Mexican Citizen Charged With Illegal Reentry

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

SCRANTON - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcements (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) announced that Jorge Ayala-Spino, age 35, was charged yesterday with illegal reentry in an Indictment by a federal grand jury in Scranton.

According to U.S. Attorney Peter Smith, Ayala-Spino, a Mexican citizen, previously arrested and deported from the United States in 2008, reentered the United States unlawfully and was found in Lackawanna County as the result of an investigation and arrest by the Scranton Police Department in July 2015.

The investigation was conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcements (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Evan Gotlob.

Indictments are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.

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.

The maximum penalty under federal law is 2 years 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 February 4, 2016