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Native Of Mexico Indicted On Illegal Reentry Charge

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

HARRISBURG, The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Juan Wence-Mendoza, age 45, of Michoacán, Mexico, was indicted by a federal grand jury on a charge of Illegal Reentry.   

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, the indictment alleges that on or about July 24, 2022, Wence-Mendoza was found in Cumberland County Pennsylvania after previously having been removed from the United States. The indictment also alleges that Wence-Mendoza had been removed from the United States through Laredo, Texas, and reentered without first obtaining legal permission to do so.

The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) and the Lower Allen Township Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jaime M. Keating is prosecuting the case.

The maximum penalty under federal law for this offense is 10 years of imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. 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.

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

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Updated September 15, 2022