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Press Release

Two Honduran National Men Plead Guilty to Illegally Reentering the United States

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

Both defendants had  prior misdemeanor convictions for illegally entering the United States

BECKLEY, W.Va. –  Jeyson Francisco Sanchez-Castillo and Olvin Alexis Ramos-Diaz both entered guilty pleas to the felony offense of Reentry of a Removed Alien, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart.   Sanchez-Castillo, 19, of  and Ramos-Diaz, 21, both of Honduras, both face up to 2 years of incarceration, a 250,000 dollar fine, supervised release for one year, and a special assessment of 100 dollars when they are both scheduled to be sentenced on August 15, 2018 by United States District Judge Irene C. Berger.  Both men will face removal proceedings at the conclusion of any sentence of incarceration.   United States Attorney Mike Stuart praised the work of  Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). 

 “Respect our laws or don’t come to the United States,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  “Everyone hates line skippers and it’s not fair to those who followed the law.” 

On February 28, 2018,  both Sanchez-Castillo and Ramos-Diaz were arrested by ICE agents, who were conducting targeted law enforcement operations in the Beckley area.  Agents observed defendants leaving a home on their way to work to at a restaurant in Beckley, West Virginia.  After stopping the cars and confirming their identity, both men admitted they were not in the United States legally and were placed under arrest.  ICE agents submitted Sanchez-Castillo’s and Ramos-Diaz’s  fingerprints, forensically matching both of them to prior removals from the United States in 2017.  They both also forensically matched Texas  misdemeanor convictions of Illegal Entry into the United States.  After being deported, Sanchez-Castillo and Ramos-Diaz both illegally reentered the United States without lawful permission from the Secretary of Homeland Security. Sanchez-Castillo and Ramos-Diaz are citizens of Honduras.

Assistant United States Attorney Erik S. Goes handled both prosecutions.


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Updated May 2, 2018