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Mexican National Sentenced to 16 Months in Prison for Unlawfully Entering the United States

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Illinois


Vicente Santiago-Castro, 40, a citizen of Mexico, was sentenced today in United States District Court in Benton to a term of 16 months in prison for being illegally present in the United States after having previously been removed by immigration officials, announced Donald S. Boyce, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois. Santiago-Castro was charged by a Federal Grand Jury on September 6, 2017, with being an illegal alien unlawfully present in the United States and pled guilty to that offense on October 26. Santiago-Castro was arrested by Immigration agents on September 2, 2017, in Harrisburg, Illinois.

Evidence supporting the guilty plea and sentence showed that Santiago-Castro had previously been removed or deported from the United States on seven prior occasions.

In addition to the 16-month term of imprisonment, Vasquez-Santelis was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment. After serving his term of imprisonment, Santiago-Castro will be removed or deported to Mexico by immigration officials.

Following his sentencing, Santiago-Castro was returned to the custody of the United States Marshal pending his designation to a facility by the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

The case was investigated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which is an agency of the Department of Homeland Security. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney James M. Cutchin.

Updated January 16, 2018