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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 21, 2018

Guatemalan Man Pleads Guilty to Unlawfully Re-entering the United States Following Previous Removal

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK - Marcial De Leon-Aguilar, age 31, and a citizen of Guatemala, pled guilty today to 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.

As part of his guilty plea today, De Leon-Aguilar admitted that he was previously convicted of a felony offense and had been deported three times prior to the current charge.

Sentencing is scheduled for July 31, 2018.  At sentencing, Marcial De Leon-Aguilar faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and 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.

This case is being investigated by the 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 June 21, 2018