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

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Mexican Who Tried To Threaten Girlfriend Into Marriage Gets Federal Time For Illegally Re-Entering The Country

LAREDO, Texas – Alejandro Mendoza-Delgado, a 35-year-old citizen of Mexico, has been handed a more than two-year federal prison sentence for entering the United States illegally after having been deported, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today. Mendoza-Delgado pleaded guilty March 12, 2013.

Today, U.S. District Judge Diana N. Saldaña handed Mendoza-Delgado a sentence of 28 months. At the hearing, evidence established that Mendoza-Delgado was previously deported on Nov. 7, 2012, after serving a two-year sentence for using a pistol to threaten to kill his then girlfriend and her family if she did not marry him.

On Jan. 19, 2013, Border Patrol (BP) agents encountered Mendoza-Delgado at the BP checkpoint 29 miles north of Laredo as a passenger aboard a commercial bus headed for San Antonio. Agents arrested him after they discovered he did not have permission to enter or remain in the United States.

Agents ran a background check and discovered Mendoza-Delgado had been previously convicted for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

The investigation leading to the charges in this case was conducted by Border Patrol. Assistant United States Attorney Homero Ramirez prosecuted the case.

Updated April 30, 2015