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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Illinois

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Mexican National Sentenced To Prison For Illegal Re-Entry

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