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

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Two Mexican nationals charged with illegal reentry

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – A federal grand jury returned indictments today charging Mexican nationals Laurencio Garcia-Labra, 39, and Mario Labra-Garcia, 25, with illegal reentry after they were discovered to be in the country illegally, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

The defendants were allegedly discovered in Ohio County, West Virginia without requisite permission to be in the United States. Both defendants had previously been deported from California to Mexico.

The defendants are each charged with one count of “Reentry of Removed Alien.” They each face up to two years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.00. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendants.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Vogrin is prosecuting the cases on behalf of the government. Homeland Security Investigations is leading the inquiry with assistance from the West Virginia State Police.

An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated January 8, 2016