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Honduran National Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison for Reentering the U.S. Illegally

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

LAKE CHARKES, La. –United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that a Honduran man was sentenced Thursday to 30 months in prison for reentering the United States illegally.

Felipe Mercado-Veliz, 39, of Honduras, was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge Patricia Minaldi to one count of reentry of a deported alien. He was also sentenced to three years of supervised release. According to evidence presented at the July 24, 2014 guilty plea, Louisiana State Police stopped a vehicle on December 31, 2013 for a traffic violation. All three occupants did not have their identification, and U.S. Border Patrol was called. Records showed that Mercado-Veliz had been previously convicted of illegal reentry in 2008 and 2011. He was last removed on May 22, 2013.

United Stated Border Patrol and the Louisiana State Police conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kelly P. Uebinger prosecuted the case.

Updated January 30, 2015