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Illegal Alien sentenced for reentry charge

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of West Virginia

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Franklin Israel Reyes-Zelaya, a citizen of El Salvador, was sentenced today to time served for a reentry charge, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Reyes-Zelaya, age 30, pled guilty to one count of “Reentry of Removed Aliens” in January 2020. Reyes-Zelaya admitted to being in Berkeley County in September 2019 after being removed once before from the United States illegally. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy D. Helman prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigated.

Chief U.S. District Judge Gina M. Groh presided.

Updated February 4, 2020