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Mexican National Sentenced for Unlawfully Entering the United States

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

ROCHESTER, N.Y.-- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Maximo Arrelano Tenango, 31, of Morelos, Mexico, who was convicted of being an alien found in the United States after deportation following a felony conviction, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge David Larimer to 16 months in prison. The defendant will be turned over to immigration authorities for deportation proceedings following the completion of his sentence.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig R. Gestring, who handled the case, stated that the defendant came to the attention of federal immigration officials following his arrest in November 2011 for stabbing two people in Yates County. Arrelano Tenango pleaded guilty to that offense and was sentenced to one year in the Yates County Jail. Homeland Security Agents took federal custody of the defendant upon his release from jail.

Arrelano Tenango is a Mexican national who was unlawfully in the United States. He was arrested by immigration officials and physically removed from the United States on five previous occasions. The defendant was also convicted in federal court in 2010 for the felony crime of being unlawfully present in the United States following deportation.

The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation on the part of Special Agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent In Charge James C. Spero.

Updated November 18, 2014