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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Mexican Citizen Sentenced For Illegal Reentry Into U.S.

MADISON, WIS. -- John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Miguel Arreola-Avila, 39, Santa Rosa, Guerrero, Mexico, was sentenced on Friday, September 19, by U.S. District Judge William Conley to 40 months in federal prison for illegally reentering the United States after being deported. 

Between August 2006 and December 2009, while Arreola-Avila was illegally present in the United States, he was convicted of battery, criminal trespass to a dwelling, disorderly conduct, intimidating a victim, and failure to report to jail. Between December 2009 and March 2012, the defendant was deported from the United States four times, with his most recent deportation occurring March 16, 2012, after he finished serving 27 months in federal prison in Texas for illegally reentering the United States after being deported. 

On April 4, 2013, Arreola-Avila was arrested by the Evanston, Ill., Police Department for traffic infractions.  On November 7, 2013, he was arrested by the Wisconsin State Patrol for possession of methamphetamine.  Arreola-Avila was convicted of possession of methamphetamine on February 21, 2014, in Columbia County, Wis., and sentenced to 140 days in jail.  On March 21, 2014, the defendant was indicted in the Western District of Wisconsin of the current charge of illegal reentry into the United States after deportation, based on his arrest on April 4, 2013, in Illinois.  Arreola-Avila pleaded guilty to this charge on July 16, 2014.  

The charge against Arreola-Avila 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