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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Mexican Man Heads To Federal Prison For Illegally Reentering The United States

McALLEN, Texas – Victor Manuel Blancas-Rosas, 40, of Mexico, has been ordered to prison following his conviction of being unlawfully present in the country after having been previously deported or removed, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. A McAllen federal jury convicted Blancas-Rosas Dec. 3, 2014, after only two hours of testimony and 15 minutes of deliberation. 

Today, U.S. District Judge Randy Crane, who presided over the trial, handed Blancas-Rosas a 48-month sentence. At the hearing, additional evidence was presented by the defendant contending he was an incorporated individual under the Uniform Commercial Code and therefore not subject to imprisonment. Judge Crane noted that his claims were not meritorious and proceeded to hand down the sentence. Blancas-Rosas is expected to face deportation proceedings following his release from prison.

On April 20, 2014, a concerned citizen saw possible illegal aliens running from a car on US-281 into the brush between Encino and the U.S. Border Patrol Checkpoint at Falfurrias. Agents quickly apprehended and detained Blancas-Rosas. The investigation revealed Blancas-Rosas had prior felony convictions and had previously been removed from the U.S. 

At trial, he admitted he had illegally entered the country, had been deported on four previous occasions and to conducting prior felony criminal conduct.

Representing himself, his defense was that he had renounced his Mexican citizenship, was a citizen of the world and had copywrited his name. The jury ultimately found him guilty as charged.

He will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

Border Patrol investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven T. Schammel is prosecuting the case.

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Updated April 30, 2015