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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Wisconsin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, April 27, 2015

Canadian Citizen Sentenced For Illegally Reentering U.S.

Madison, Wis. - John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Donald Splonick, 65, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, was sentenced on Friday, April 24, by U.S. District Judge William Conley to 24 months in federal prison for illegally reentering the United States after being deported. 

Splonick first entered the United States with his family in 1960.  In 1987, he was convicted of armed robbery, second degree robbery, and robbery, in California, Arizona, and Nevada, and was sentenced to multiple prison terms.  In 1994, he was granted a waiver of deportation and was allowed to remain in the United States.  In 1995, he was convicted of felony petty theft in California and sentenced to 32 months in prison.  Splonick was deported from the United States to Canada in July 1998.  He was found in New York City in 2002 and was deported to Canada a second time in January 2003.

On October 22, 2013, Splonick was arrested for theft in Waukesha County, Wis., and on May 19, 2014, he was arrested for retail theft in Dane County, Wis.  In October 2014, he was sentenced to 30 days in jail for the Waukesha and Dane County charges. 

Splonick was indicted in December 2014 by a federal grand jury for illegally reentering the United States after deportation.  He pleaded guilty to this charge on February 6, 2015.  

The charge against Splonick was the result of an investigation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie Pfluger. 

Updated July 14, 2015