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

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Two Charged With Illegally Reentering The United States

Two people were indicted on unrelated cases of illegal reentering the United States following deportation, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

One indictment alleges that Yobany Teofilo Gonzalez-Velasquez, 37, is undocumented and was previously removed or deported from the United States to Guatemala on February 12, 2009, subsequent to a conviction for an aggravated felony.

Another indictment alleges that Julio Cruz-Lopez, 27, is undocumented and was previously removed or deported from the United States to Mexico on multiple occasions.

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.

The cases are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Phillip J. Tripi and Justin Seabury Gould, following investigation by agents of the Enforcement and Removal Operations of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency.

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.

Updated March 12, 2015