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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Two Illegal Aliens Charged With Immigration Violations

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), announced that separate criminal charges were filed today in U.S. District Court in Harrisburg against two illegal aliens.

     Ramiro Ochoa-Fuentes, age 21, was charged in a one-count indictment by a federal grand jury alleging that Ochoa-Fuentes, a Mexican citizen, who has previously been arrested and deported from the United States on July 6, 2011, reentered the United States unlawfully and was found in Franklin County, Pennsylvania.

     If convicted, Ochoa-Fuentes faces a maximum sentence of up to 2 years’ imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.

     Pedro Hernandez-Hernandez, age 49, was charged in a one-count indictment alleging that Hernandez-Hernandez, a Mexican citizen, who has previously been arrested and deported from the United States on June 13, 2007, reentered the United States unlawfully and was found in Franklin County, Pennsylvania.

     If convicted, Hernandez-Hernandez faces a maximum sentence of up to 6 months’ imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.

     The investigations were conducted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) and are being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Alice Song Hartye.

     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.

     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 9, 2015