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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 21, 2018

Six Previously Deported Aliens Charged With Illegal Re-Entry

HARRISBURG – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that six previously deported aliens were indicted separately on June 20, 2018, by a federal grand jury for illegal re-entry into the United States. 

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, Jose Morales-Garcia, age 24, of Mexico, was previously deported from the United States to Mexico in September 2010.  He is alleged to have illegally re-entered the United States sometime after September 2010, and was found in the United States in Franklin County, Pennsylvania after eluding examination or inspection by immigration officers.

Erickson Perez-Molina, age 24, of Mexico, was previously deported from the United States to Mexico in October 2014.  He is alleged to have illegally re-entered the United States sometime after October 2014, and was found in the United States in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania after eluding examination or inspection by immigration officers.

Rudy Cardona-Aldana, age 26, of Honduras, was previously deported from the United States to Honduras in July 2016.  He is alleged to have illegally re-entered the United States sometime after July 2016, and was found in the United States in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania after eluding examination or inspection by immigration officers.

Juan Lopez-Munoz, age 44, of Mexico, was previously deported from the United States to Mexico in February 2011, November 2013, and April 2014.  He is alleged to have illegally re-entered the United States sometime after April 2014, and was found in the United States in Columbia County, Pennsylvania after eluding examination or inspection by immigration officers.

Jonathan Paredez-Perez, age 24, of Guatemala, was previously deported from the United States to Guatemala in April 2013 and January 2018.  He is alleged to have illegally re-entered the United States sometime after January 2018, and was found in the United States in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania after eluding examination or inspection by immigration officers.

Eleazar Catalan-Martinez, age 23, of Mexico, was previously deported from the United States to Mexico in May 2018.  He is alleged to have illegally re-entered the United States sometime after May 2018, and was found in the United States in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania after eluding examination or inspection by immigration officers.

Under federal law, Morales-Garcia, Perez-Molina, Cardona-Aldana, Lopez-Munoz, Paredez-Perez, and Catalan-Martinez all face a maximum penalty of two years of imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. 

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

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.

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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Topic(s): 
Immigration
Updated June 21, 2018