Mexican Citizen Sentenced For Illegally Reentering U.S.
MADISON, WIS. --John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Marcelo Espana-Ariza, 43, a citizen of Mexico, was sentenced on Friday, February 7, by U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb to 27 months in prison for returning to the United States after having been deported on a prior occasion. Espana-Ariza pleaded guilty to this offense of December 5, 2013.
Espana-Ariza was arrested at the Rock County Courthouse when he appeared for a court hearing on a local charge of disorderly conduct. The defendant had been previously removed from the United States in 1995 following a felony conviction for distributing crack cocaine.
The charge against the defendant was the result of an investigation conducted by Department of Homeland Security. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul W. Connell.