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John Acosta-bermudez Imprisoned For Reentry After Deportation

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Vermont

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