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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Two Mexican Citizens Sentenced To Prison For Illegal Reentry

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that two Mexican citizens, who were in the United States illegally, were sentenced to prison on charges of illegal reentry into the United States.

     German Espinosa-Hernandez, also known as Ferdinand Gonzalez-Velez, age 36, a native and citizen of Mexico in the United States illegally, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Yvette Kane to 36 months imprisonment and three years of supervised release following his release from imprisonment after pleading guilty to illegal reentry into the United States on March 11, 2014.

     According to U.S. Attorney Peter Smith and documents filed in federal court, Espinosa-Hernandez was ordered removed by an Immigration Judge in York, Pennsylvania in May, 2008 and was previously removed from the United States on two prior occasions, in May and June, 2008.

     Additionally, Espinosa-Hernandez was granted voluntary returns to Mexico on two other occasions, in December, 1999 and August, 2008.  Since 2003 Espinosa-Hernandez has accumulated seven prior criminal convictions as an adult, including resisting arrest and three driving under the influence of alcohol offenses. On September 24, 2013, after having reentered the United States illegally Espinosa-Hernandez was again apprehended in Franklin County by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations.

     On Wednesday, July 23, 2014, Alberto Bautista-Sanchez, age 30, a native and citizen of Mexico in the United States illegally, was sentenced by United States District Judge Yvette Kane to 41 months imprisonment and three years of supervised release following his release from imprisonment after pleading guilty to illegal reentry into the United States on March 19, 2014.

     According to U.S. Attorney Peter Smith and documents filed in federal court, Bautista-Sanchez was ordered removed from the United States by an Immigration Judge in Arizona in November, 2002. Between November 2002 and January 2013, Bautista-Sanchez was previously removed from the United States eight times. Additionally, since 2001, Bautista-Sanchez has accumulated thirteen prior criminal convictions as an adult, including two aggravated felony sex offenses involving a minor.

     On December 3, 2013, after reentering the United States illegally, Bautista-Sanchez was apprehended in Franklin County by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations.  

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


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