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Mexican Citizen Sentenced to 4 Months for Illegally Re-entering the United States

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

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Rodrigo Villanueva-Yanez, age 40, and a citizen of Mexico, pled guilty today to illegally reentering the United States after being previously deported.  Villanueva-Yanez was also sentenced today to serve 4 months in prison, to be followed by a 1-year term of supervised release. 


The announcement was made by Acting United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and Chief Patrol Agent Brian S. Hastings, United States Border Patrol, Buffalo Sector.


Villanueva-Yanez was removed from the United States in 2011, at the Port of Entry in Hidalgo, Texas.  He later re-entered the country without the permission of the Department of Homeland Security and was found in Watertown, New York at the time of his arrest.


Villanueva-Yanez will be transferred to the custody of the Department of Homeland Security, which will place him into removal proceedings.


This case was investigated by United States Border Patrol, Wellesley Island Station, and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert S. Levine.

Updated November 28, 2017