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

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Three Charged With Illegal Reentry

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, announced that three individuals were charged with being in the United States illegally, in separate cases.

     According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, a grand jury in Harrisburg return indictments Wednesday against: Alex Maldonado-Jimenez, age 32, a native and citizen of Honduras, Elias Mendez-Sierra, age 38, a native and citizen of Mexico, and Ivis Geraldo Raudales, age 20, a native and citizen of Mexico.

     Maldonado-Jimenez was apprehended in Lebanon County, Mendez-Sierra in Adams County, and Raudales in York County.

     The investigations were conducted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and are being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Brian McDonnell.

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

     In these particular cases, the maximum penalty under the federal statute is 10 years’ imprisonment, a term of supervised release, 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.

Updated April 17, 2015