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Previously Deported Honduran Man Sentenced To 19 Months’ Imprisonment For Illegal Re-Entry

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 announced today that Nicholas Heriberto Vallecillo-Tejeda, age 41, was sentenced on September 29, 2023, by U.S. District Court Judge Malachy Mannion, to 19 months’ imprisonment on the charge of illegal re-entry into the United States by a previously deported alien. Vallecillo-Tejeda was previously convicted of the offense after a two-day jury trial before Judge Mannion in April 2023.

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, Vallecillo-Tejeda was previously deported from the United States to Honduras in November 2008 and again in July 2009.  He re-entered the United States again sometime after July 2009 without first obtaining legal permission to do so. Vallecillo-Tejeda was encountered in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, on September 5, 2020, when he was arrested by the Shenandoah Police Department on charges which eventually led to convictions for simple assault and weapons possession. 

The matter was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).  Assistant United States Attorneys Robert J. O’Hara and Brian J. Gallagher prosecuted the case.


Updated October 2, 2023