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Guatemalan Man Charged With Unlawfully Re-entering the United States Following Previous Removal

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York
Marcial De Leon–Aguilar is Charged with Felony Immigration Offense

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Marcial De Leon-Aguilar, 31, a citizen of Guatemala was charged today with unlawfully re-entering the United States after previously having been removed, announced United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and Thomas Feeley, Field Office Director, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Buffalo, New York.

The defendant made his initial appearance today in United States District Court in Syracuse, New York, and was ordered held without bail pending a hearing on April 24, 2018. A copy of the publicly filed criminal complaint is attached hereto. The defendant was arrested on April 18, 2018 by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Officers in Rome, New York.

The charge filed against Marcial De Leon-Aguilar carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and if a conviction is obtained, could result in his removal or deportation from the United States.1 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 charge in the complaint is merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.”

This case is being investigated by United States Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).


1 Deportation and removal proceedings are separate civil matters litigated in Immigration Court and are not adjudicated as part of a criminal prosecution.

Updated April 19, 2018