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

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Guatemalan Man Sentenced to 24 Months for Illegally Re-entering the United States

ALBANY, NEW YORK – William Heriberto Reyes-Morales, age 43, was sentenced today to serve 24 months in prison for illegally re-entering the United States. 

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian and Michael T. Phillips, Buffalo Field Office Director of Enforcement & Removal Operations for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). 

Reyes-Morales, a Guatemalan citizen living in Amsterdam, New York, pled guilty in January 2016 to illegally re-entering the United States after having been previously deported.

In July 2015, ICE officers encountered Reyes-Morales at the Montgomery County Jail, where he was being held for a violation of state law.  A check of Reyes-Morales’s record indicated that he had been deported from the United States to Guatemala four times, the most recent being in July 2012, after being convicted of possession with intent to distribute marijuana in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona. Reyes-Morales was also deported to Guatemala in 2004, 2007 and 2008.

This case was investigated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward P. Grogan.

Updated May 11, 2016