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Friday, September 23, 2016

Illegal Alien Pleads Guilty to Possession of a Handgun


Gulfport, Miss – Pablo Mendoza-Sanchez pled guilty before Chief U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola, on September 20, 2016, to possession of a firearm by an illegal alien, U. S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis announced today.

Mendoza-Sanchez, 26, a native of Mexico, was discovered with the handgun during a traffic stop by Harrison County Deputies. Fingerprints confirmed that Mendoza-Sanchez had been removed three times from the United States. He will be sentenced on December 14, 2016 and faces a maximum penalty of ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Annette Williams.

Updated September 28, 2016