Labor trafficker sentenced for encouraging the illegal entry of Guatemalan nationals, including unaccompanied minors, into the United States
A Guatemalan man was indicted for illegally reentering the United States, Acting U.S. Attorney David A. Sierleja said.
William Morales-Negra, 29, has been deported on five previous occasions, most recently in April 2014. Morales-Negra was recently found in New Philadelphia, according to the indictment.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Elliot D. Morrison is prosecuting the case following an investigation by 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.