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Guatemalan Man Sentenced For Illegal Re-Entry into United States

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Gerardo Froilan Lopez Velazquez, age 51, and a citizen of Guatemala, was sentenced today to time served (56 days in jail) for illegally re-entering the United States. 


The announcement was made by Acting United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and Thomas E. Feeley, Director of the Buffalo Field Office for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).


As part of his guilty plea, Lopez Velazquez admitted that he is a citizen of Guatemala, and that he illegally returned to the United States after he was removed to Guatemala on April 9, 2014.  Lopez Velazquez had also been removed from the United States on January 30, 2014. 


On September 7, 2017, Lopez Velazquez was arrested by an ICE officer in Middleburgh, New York.        


Following his sentencing, Lopez Velazquez was remanded to the custody of the Department of Homeland Security, for removal proceedings. 


This case was investigated by the ICE-ERO and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Edward P. Grogan.


Updated November 2, 2017