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El Salvadoran Sentenced for Re-Entering U.S. after Deportation

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

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - A citizen of El Salvador pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of re-entry of an illegal alien, and was sentenced thereon to four months in prison and was ordered to be placed in the custody of the Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, for deportation, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson accepted the guilty plea to the indictment and imposed the sentence on Walter F. Melgar, 41, of Blair County, Pa.

According to information presented to the court, on Dec. 29, 2015, Melgar, an alien who had been deported from the United States on Dec. 9, 1996, was found in Blair County, Pa. He had unlawfully re-entered this Country without receiving permission from the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to do so.

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

Mr. Hickton commended the Department of Homeland Security/Immigration and Customs Enforcement for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Melgar.

Updated July 9, 2016