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Honduran Man Admits Illegal Re-entry into United States

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

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Jose Martir Romano-Hernandes, age 45, and a citizen of Honduras, pled guilty yesterday to illegal re-entry into the United States.

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian and Chief Patrol Agent John C. Pfeifer, United States Border Patrol, Swanton Sector.

Romano-Hernandes was removed from the United States to Honduras on November 26, 1997. On March 14, 2017, he was found by Border Patrol near the Canadian border in Champlain, New York. Romano-Hernandes admitted that he returned to the United States without permission following the 1997 removal, and had been living in Salisbury, North Carolina.

As a result of his conviction, Romano-Hernandes faces up to 2 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 when he is sentenced by Senior United States District Judge Lawrence E. Kahn. 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 was investigated by the United States Border Patrol, Champlain Station, and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward P. Grogan.

Updated April 27, 2017