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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Mexican Citizens Sentenced for Illegal Re-entry into United States

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Severino Luna Vera, age 43, and his son Joel Oswaldo Luna Pedroza, age 21, both citizens of Mexico, were each sentenced today to time served (47 days in jail) for illegal re-entry into 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 of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).

 

As part of his guilty plea, Luna Vera admitted that he is a citizen of Mexico, and that he illegally returned to the United States after he was removed to Mexico on January 19, 2016.  Luna Vera was also removed to Mexico on November 10, 2013.

 

As part of his guilty plea, Luna Pedroza admitted that he is a citizen of Mexico, and that he illegally returned to the United States after he was removed to Mexico on July 30, 2016. 

 

On September 27, 2017, ICE Officers arrested Luna Vera and Luna Pedroza in Poestenkill, New York.   

 

Following their respective sentencings, both men were remanded to the custody of the Department of Homeland Security, for removal.

 

This case was investigated by ICE-ERO and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward P. Grogan.

Topic(s): 
Immigration
Updated November 14, 2017