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

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Mexican Man Sentenced for Unlawfully Reentering the United States

The United States Attorney for the District of Vermont and the Swanton Sector Office of the United States Border Patrol announce that Francisco Robles-Guerra, 41, a citizen of Mexico, was convicted and sentenced today in United States District Court in Rutland for reentering the United States after having previously been removed from the country subsequent to a felony conviction. Chief United States District Judge Geoffrey W. Crawford sentenced Robles-Guerra to time served. Robles-Guerra has been held without bail since his arrest last November. Custody of Robles-Guerra will be transferred from the United States Marshal’s Service to the Department of Homeland Security for removal proceedings.

According to court records, Robles-Guerra is a citizen of Mexico who first moved to the United States in 1994. In 1996, he was convicted of conspiracy to defraud the United States by possessing counterfeit resident alien cards and social security cards and was deported to Mexico. Robles-Guerra was then found in the United States and removed to Mexico two times in March 2004, and again in August 2017.

On November 26, 2017, Canadian authorities notified U.S. Border Patrol Agents that they had observed a man walking around the Canaan, Vermont Port of Entry in the woods toward the United States border. A Border Patrol Agent from the Beecher Falls Station found Robles-Guerra in a field on the United States side of the border. After a brief chase, Robles-Guerra was apprehended and arrested.

The Swanton Sector Border Patrol is responsible for securing the land border between ports of entry in Vermont as well as New Hampshire and northeastern New York. The assistance of citizens is invaluable in helping the U.S. Border Patrol accomplish their border security mission and they welcome community members to help them keep our nation’s borders safe by reporting suspicious activity at 1-800-689-3362.

For more on CBP’s mission at our nation’s ports of entry with CBP officers and along U.S. borders with Border Patrol agents, please visit the Border Security section of the CBP website.

Robles-Guerra is represented by Assistant Federal Defender David McColgin. The prosecutor is Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicole Cate.

Updated February 1, 2018