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Mexican National Imprisoned For Returning to the United States Following Deportation

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

The United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced that Miguel Lopez-Castillo, 35, a Mexican national, was sentenced today in United States District Court in Burlington to a year and one day of imprisonment following his guilty plea to a charge that he was found in the United States after having been previously deported. 

According to the indictment, Lopez-Castillo has twice been deported from the United States:  first in 2008 and again in 2012.  In late May 2018, agents with the Department of Homeland Security learned that Lopez-Castillo had at some point returned to the United States illegally, without having obtained authorization from the Attorney General to do so.  At the time of his indictment this past August, Lopez-Castillo was in the custody of the Vermont Department of Corrections following his arrest in Burlington.   That state case ended with Lopez-Castillo’s guilty plea and time-served sentence.  Agents then took the defendant into federal custody.  He pled guilty to the immigration charge this past February.

Lopez-Castillo is represented by Assistant Federal Public Defender Barclay Johnson.  The prosecutor is Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory Waples.

Updated May 30, 2019