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Northern District of New York

Friday, December 9, 2016

Canadian Man Charged with Unlawful Reentry into United States

Criminal Complaint Alleges He Returned After Deportation

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Donald T. Johnson, 34, of Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, was arrested in Canton, New York, and charged by criminal complaint yesterday with unlawful reentry of a removed alien, announced United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian.  Johnson made his initial appearance yesterday before United States Magistrate Judge David E. Peebles and was ordered detained pending further proceedings in the case.  The criminal complaint alleges that Johnson, a Canadian citizen, unlawfully reentered the United States after having been deported in 2011.


The charge filed against Johnson carries a maximum sentence of 2 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and a term of supervised release of up to 1 year.  A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other factors.


The charges in the complaint are merely accusations. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.


This case is being investigated by United States Border Patrol, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicolas Commandeur.

Updated December 10, 2016