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Mexican Man Pleads Guilty to Unlawfully Re-Entering the United States

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Maine

Bangor, Maine:  United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Benigno Godinez-Cortez, 45, of Ahuacuotzingo, Guerrero, Mexico, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court to unlawfully re-entering the United States after being deported.

According to court records, on July 10, 2018, the defendant entered the United States illegally from Canada by crossing a railroad trestle near Calais.  U.S. Border Patrol agents located the defendant shortly after he entered.  He is a citizen of Mexico who had been deported after his arrest in 1994 on immigration charges and did not have immigration documents allowing him to enter.

The defendant faces up to two years in prison and a $250,000 fine.  He will be sentenced after completion of a presentence report by the U.S. Probation Office.

The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Border Patrol and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.


Jim Moore
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 945-0373

Updated August 14, 2018