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Perpetrator of Domestic Violence Sentenced for Unlawfully Reentering the United States

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

The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Vermont announced that Jorge Velazquez-Cordova, 33, a citizen of Mexico, was sentenced today in United States District Court in Burlington for reentering the United States after having previously been removed from the country.  United States District Court Judge Christina Reiss sentenced Velazquez-Cordova to time served.  Velazquez-Cordova has been in the custody of the United States Marshal since his federal arrest on October 6, 2021. From September 21, 2021 to October 6, 2021, Velazquez-Cordova was in the custody of the State of Vermont. Custody of Velazquez-Cordova will be transferred from the United States Marshals Service to the Department of Homeland Security for removal proceedings.  

According to court records, on September 21, 2021, Vermont State Police arrested Velazquez-Cordova at the Allendale Farm in Vergennes, Vermont, on felony domestic assault and related charges, after he was reported as having threatened household members with a large machete and having recently beaten a woman unconscious. On October 6, 2021, Velazquez-Cordova pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic assault in Vermont Superior Court in Addison County, and was sentenced to 6 to 7 days imprisonment on that state conviction.

The case was investigated by the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations.

Velazquez-Cordova was represented by Assistant Federal Defender David McColgin. The prosecutor was Assistant U.S. Attorney Nikolas Kerest.

Updated November 19, 2021