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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Six Restaurant Employees Plead Guilty To Illegal Reentry Charges

CONTACT:      Barbara Burns
PHONE:         (716) 843-5817
FAX:            (716) 551-3051

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that six defendants pleaded guilty to illegal reentry charges before Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci including:

• Joel Hernandez-Martinez, 29, of Mexico, pleaded guilty to illegal reentry after deportation following a felony conviction. The defendant, who worked at Don Tequila, faces up to 10 years in prison when sentenced on April 20, 2017, by Judge Geraci. 
• Miguel Sanchez-Ocampo, 40, of Mexico, pleaded guilty to illegal reentry after deportation after a felony conviction. The defendant, who worked at El Agave, faces up to 10 years in prison when sentenced by Judge Geraci at a later date.

In addition, the following four defendants pleaded guilty to illegal reentry after deportation and were each sentenced to time served. They are now in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) awaiting execution of prior removal orders entered against them:

•           Walter Lopez-Cabrera, 30, of Honduras, who defendant worked at Agave;
•           Araceli Lopez-Martinez, 33, of Mexico, who worked at Don Tequila;
•           Alejandro Valadez-Leon, 46, of Mexico, who worked at Agave; and
•           Eliel Sanchez-Ocampo, 34, of Mexico, who worked at Don Tequila. 

The pleas and sentencings are the result of an investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Acting Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin Kelly and the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance.

Updated February 2, 2017