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Previously Deported Alien Charged With Illegal Re-Entry

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 today that Isidro Aguilar-Mendoza, age 43, of Mexico, was indicted by a federal grand jury with illegal re-entry into the United States by a previously deported alien.


According to United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, Aguilar-Mendoza was previously deported from the United States to Mexico in March 2004, December 2009, and May 2009. He is alleged to have illegally re-entered the United States sometime after December 2009, and was found in the United States in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania after eluding examination or inspection by immigration officers. In 2009, he was convicted in the Southern District of Texas of illegal re-entry, an offense which subjects him to enhanced penalties in the current case.


This case was investigated by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO). Special Assistant United States Attorney Brian G. McDonnell is prosecuting the case.


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 guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.


Because of Aguilar-Mendoza’s previous conviction, under federal law he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years of 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.


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Updated March 22, 2017