Alien Located in Columbia Pleads Guilty to Illegal Re-Entry
Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Beth Drake stated today that Marcial Esteban-Vasquez , age 39, of Mexico, has entered a guilty plea in federal court in Columbia, to Illegal Re-Entry, a violation of 8 U.S.C. § 1326(a). United States District Judge Cameron McGowan Currie, of Columbia, accepted the guilty plea and will impose sentence after she has reviewed the presentence report, which will be prepared by the U.S. Probation Office.
Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that Esteban was encountered by ICE-Enforcement and Removal Operations Deportation Officers on December 13, 2017 while they were assisting DEA agents in an investigation concerning Esteban. The investigation revealed that Esteban is a citizen of Mexico who had been deported three times pursuant to an order of removal. U.S. Attorney Drake stated the maximum penalty for Illegal Re-Entry is imprisonment for up to 20 years, a term of supervised release of not more than three years and/or a fine of $250,000.
The case was investigated by officers of the ICE-Enforcement and Removal Operations. Assistant United States Attorney William E. Day, II of the Columbia office is prosecuting the case.