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Mexican National Sentenced to 105 Months in Prison for Illegal Reentry into the U.S.

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

ALPINE – A Mexican national was sentenced yesterday to over eight years in prison for illegally entering the United States.

On July 19, 2021, Graciano Moral-Carrillo, aka Franciso Mora-Carillo, 52, of Mexico was found guilty by a federal jury of one count of illegal reentry into the United States.

On March 1, 2021, Moral was arrested by Presidio Border Patrol Agents for being an undocumented citizen present in the U.S.  Evidence presented at trial disclosed Moral was previously deported from the U.S. on seven other occasions.  Further, Moral had numerous other convictions, including three convictions for driving while intoxicated in the Odessa/Midland area; one conviction for resisting arrest; one conviction for assaulting a public servant; three convictions for illegal reentry; and one conviction of possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

In addition to the sentence of 105 months in prison, the defendant also received a sentence of 18 months in prison for violating conditions of supervised release on an underlying case.  The two sentences will run consecutively.

Moral has remained in federal custody since his arrest on March 1. 

“We will continue to be vigilant in protecting our West Texas communities from those who violate federal laws,” said U.S. Attorney Ashley C. Hoff. 

“The men and women of Homeland Security Investigations work tirelessly to identify, arrest and prosecute individuals who violate our nation’s immigration laws with a focus on those who represent a public safety threat to our communities,” said Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Acting Special in Charge Taekuk Cho. “We will continue working with our law enforcement partners to pursue convicted criminals and other dangerous fugitives.”

HSI with the assistance from the Presidio Border Patrol investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Lance L. Kennedy prosecuted the case.


Updated October 27, 2021