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Illegal Alien Sentenced to 6 Months in Prison for Illegally Re-entering U.S. after Being Deported

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

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - A citizen of Mexico pleaded guilty in federal court in Johnstown to a charge of re-entry of an illegal alien, and immediately following, was sentenced to six months imprisonment, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

Francisco Covias-Lopez, 40, pleaded guilty to the indictment before United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson.

In connection with the guilty plea, on December 1, 2018, Covias-Lopez, an alien who had been deported from the United States on June 22, 2012, was found in Cambria County, Pa. He had unlawfully re-entered this country without receiving permission to do so from the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

Assistant United States Attorney Arnold Bernard, Jr. prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

Mr. Brady commended the Department of Homeland Security/Immigration and Customs Enforcement for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Covias-Lopez.

Updated August 15, 2019