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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Vermont

Thursday, August 28, 2014

John Acosta-bermudez Imprisoned For Reentry After Deportation

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced that John Acosta-Bermudez, 52, a Colombian citizen who has landed immigrant status in Canada, was sentenced yesterday in United States District Court in Burlington to 13 months of imprisonment following his guilty plea to a charge that he reentered the United States after having been deported.  Mr. Acosta-Bermudez has been detained without bail since his arrest last March.

According to court papers, immigration officials at the Route 5 Port-of-Entry in Derby Line observed a black vehicle enter the United States in mid-morning on March 29, 2014.  The car did not stop at the Port for inspection, but instead headed south on Interstate 91.  A Border Patrol agent followed and stopped the car on the highway.  Acosta-Bermudez was driving and an undocumented alien was the passenger.  Acosta-Bermudez has twice been deported from the United States following a New York robbery conviction and a federal passport fraud conviction.  As a deportee, Acosta-Bermudez cannot return to the United States without the advance permission of the Attorney General.

Acosta-Bermudez is represented by Mark Kaplan.  The prosecutor is Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory Waples.

Updated June 22, 2015