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Quebec Man Sentenced for Lying to Border Officers

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York
Defendant lied about his identity to border officers in Massena

PLATTSBURGH, NEW YORK – Torran Mitchell-Terrance, age 23, of Snye, Quebec, was sentenced on Friday for making false statements to border officers.

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian and James C. Spero, Special Agent in Charge of the Buffalo Field Office of Homeland Security Investigations.

United States District Court Judge David N. Hurd sentenced Mitchell-Terrance to serve 141 days in jail – time that Mitchell-Terrance had already served as of Friday – and to serve an additional 1 year of supervised release.

On April 2, 2012, Mitchell-Terrance presented himself at the Massena Point of Entry, New York, for inspection by United States Customs and Border Protection officers. During that inspection, he signed a written declaration representing himself to be another person, who was his relative.

The government filed a complaint on April 3, 2012 and arrested Mitchell-Terrance, and he was released on conditions including that he remain in the United States. Mitchell-Terrance fled pretrial supervision in September 2012 and was indicted by a Plattsburgh grand jury in November 2012. Mitchell-Terrance remained a fugitive until early 2016, when he turned himself in.

This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Horsman.

Updated April 19, 2016