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Mexican National Sentenced To Prison For Illegal Re-Entry

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

The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today that on Monday, April 14, 2014, Fausto Sotelo-Estrada was sentenced in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis, Illinois, to a three-year prison term for Illegal Re-Entry by an Aggravated Felon.

Sotelo-Estrada, 31, of Ixtapa, Mexico, admitted at his sentencing hearing that he had been previously convicted of narcotics trafficking in Circuit Court in Sangamon County, Illinois, in 2008. Sotelo-Estrada was deported to Mexico in 2012, after his release from state prison.

On August 14, 2013, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, (ICE) agents arrested Sotelo-Estrada in Madison County, Illinois. Sotelo-Estrada pled guilty in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis, Illinois, on December 4, 2013. Sotelo-Estrada has been continuously confined since his arrest.

The investigation which resulted in Sotelo-Estrada’s conviction was conducted by ICE agents assigned to the St. Louis, Missouri, field office.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert L. Garrison.

Updated February 19, 2015