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Roanoke Man Sentenced on Immigration Charge

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Virginia
Eliseo Jimenez-Hernandez to Serve to 10 Months in Federal Prison

ROANOKE, VIRGINIA – A Mexican citizen, who most recently resided in Roanoke, Virginia, was sentenced today on a federal immigration charge after pleading guilty to illegally reentry, United States Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. announced.

Eliseo Jimenez-Hernandez, also known as “Prisiliano Jimenez Basilio” pleaded guilty in February 2016 to one count of illegal reentry by a previously deported alien. Today in District Court, Jimenez-Hernandez was sentenced to a term of imprisonment of ten months.  He is subject to deportation following his release.

“We will continue to work with our partners in law enforcement to enforce the immigration laws of the United States,” United States Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. said today. “When individuals do not follow those laws, they will be held accountable.”

According to evidence presented at previous hearings by Special Assistant United States Attorney Kari Munro, Jimenez-Hernandez was arrested in Roanoke, Virginia on March 21, 2015 and charged with his fourth DUI in ten years.  Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) encountered the defendant in connection with his state charges, confirming at that time that he had illegally entered the United States twice previously, in 2009 and 2012.  Jimenez-Hernandez had not obtained consent to enter the United States prior to his most recent reentry and is barred from the entering the United States for a number of years in connection with his conviction and sentence today.

Investigation of this case was conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  Special Assistant United States Attorney Kari Munro prosecuted the case for the United States.

Updated May 27, 2016