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Deported Guatemalan Charged With Illegally Re-entering U.S.

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

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - A citizen of Guatemala, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Johnstown on a charge of re-entry of an illegal alien, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The one-count indictment named Jose Arqimedes Guevera-Amaya, 30, of Altoona, Pa., as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment, on Nov. 19, 2012, Guevera-Amaya, an alien who had been deported from the United States on Oct. 11, 2001, was found in Blair County, Pennsylvania. He had unlawfully re-entered this country without receiving permission from the Attorney General of the United States or the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to do so.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of two years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney John J. Valkovci, Jr., is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Department of Homeland Security/Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated July 14, 2015