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Illegal Alien Sentenced in Columbia for Illegal Re-entry

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Carolina

Columbia, South Carolina---- United States Attorney Sherri A. Lydon stated today that Ulises Martinez-Garcia, age 31, of Columbia, South Carolina, was sentenced  in federal court in Columbia, South Carolina, for Reentry of Removed Alien, a violation of 8 U.S.C. § 1326.  United States District Judge Mary Geiger Lewis, Jr., of Columbia, sentenced Martinez-Garcia to time-served (approximately 6 months imprisonment) with no supervised release as he is subject to deportation upon the completion of his sentence.

Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that Martinez-Garcia is a Mexican citizen who had previously been deported at least four times.  He was encountered by ICE – Enforcement and Removal Operations Deportation Officers on December 27, 2017 at the Alvin S. Glenn County Detention Center after being arrested for Driving Under the Influence.

Agents of ICE – Enforcement and Removal Operations investigated this case. Assistant United States Attorney William E. Day, II, of the Columbia office is prosecuting the case.  



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Updated June 20, 2018