Guatemalan man charged with illegally reentering U.S.
A federal grand jury returned an indictment charging a Guatemalan citizen with re-entering the United States illegally, said said Carole S. Rendon, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.
Julio Lopez-Rodriguez, 41, was found in Cleveland after being deported to Guatemala in 2003 following an aggravated felony conviction, according to the indictment.
Assistant United States Attorney Karrie D. Howard is prosecuting the case following an investigation by the United States Immigration and Custom Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security.
If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense, and the characteristics of the violation. In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.
An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial, in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.