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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Carolina

Monday, April 2, 2018

Illegal Alien Sentenced in Columbia for Illegal Reentry

Columbia, South Carolina---- United States Attorney Beth Drake stated today that Aurelio Herrera-Mata,  age 35, of North Augusta, South Carolina was sentenced in federal court in Columbia, South Carolina, for Reentry of Removed Aliens, a violation of 8 U.S.C. § 1326.  United States District Judge J. Michelle Childs, of Columbia, sentenced Herrera to 10 months imprisonment with no supervised release because he is expected to be deported upon completion of his sentence.

Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that Herrera-Mata is a Mexican citizen who had previously been deported after being convicted for Hit and Run. He was encountered by ICE – Enforcement and Removal Operations agents on December 16, 2017 at the Aiken County Detention Center after being arrested for Trafficking Cocaine and Unlawful Carrying of a Pistol.

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.  


William E. Day, II (803) 929-3000
Updated April 2, 2018