Illegal Alien Sentenced in Columbia for Illegal Reentry
Columbia, South Carolina---- United States Attorney Beth Drake stated today that Zeferino Mendoza-Ojeda, age 42, of Pelion, 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 Joseph F. Anderson, Jr., of Columbia, sentenced Mendoza-Ojeda to time served (approximately 9 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 Mendoza-Ojeda is a Mexican citizen who had previously been deported twice with the second deportation occurring after he was convicted for felony driving under the influence causing great bodily injury as a result of an accident. He was encountered by ICE – Enforcement and Removal Operations agents on July 8, 2017 at the Lexington County Detention Center after being arrested for traffic offenses.
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.