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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Louisiana

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Mexican National Sentenced to 28 Months in Prison for Reentering the United States Illegally

LAFAYETTE, La. United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today that a Mexican national was sentenced to 28 months in prison for reentering the United States illegally after being removed.

Luis Garcia-Torres, 44, of Mexico, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard T. Haik for one count of aggravated reentry of a removed alien. According to evidence presented at the September 4, 2014 guilty plea, the defendant was driving a car that was pulled over on April 29, 2014 during a traffic stop. It was discovered that his identification belonged to another individual. He admitted to not being a U.S. citizen and returning to the United States multiple times illegally. He was deported in September of 1990 after being convicted of voluntary manslaughter in North Carolina. He also was deported in November of 2011 after serving a 10-year sentence for aggravated battery.

United States Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, Louisiana State Police, and Morgan City Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Howard C. Parker prosecuted the case.

Updated February 3, 2015