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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of New York

Monday, September 12, 2016

Chilean Man Sentenced for Illegal Re-Entry

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Victor Manuel Fuentes-Gomez, age 68, a Chilean citizen, was sentenced today to serve 30 months in prison for illegally re-entering the United States. 

The announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Richard S. Hartunian and John C. Pfeifer, U.S. Border Patrol’s Chief Patrol Agent for the Swanton Sector. 

In May, Fuentes-Gomez pled guilty to re-entering and being found in the United States after he was previously removed from the country.  Fuentes-Gomez was found by the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police and Border Patrol agents in Hogansburg, New York, on January 25, 2016.   Fuentes-Gomez had previously been deported and removed from the United States to Chile in 1975 and again in 2015. 

Following Fuentes-Gomez’s completion of his term of imprisonment, the Department of Homeland Security will process him for removal from the United States. 

This case was investigated by the U.S. Border Patrol, with the assistance of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police Department, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward P. Grogan.

Updated September 13, 2016