How many times does one illegally re-enter the country to get thrown in prison?by Hugh Holub on Aug. 11, 2011, under crime, politics
Press Release from US ATtorney’s Office – Arizona August 10, 2011:
strong>TWO FEDERAL PAROLEES RECEIVE OVER 7 YEARS IN PRISON FOR ILLEGAL REENTRY
TUCSON, Ariz. – Oscar Jimenez-Lopez, 37, of Zacapa, Zacapa, Guatemala, and Jose Chavez-Torres, 33, of Santiago, Durango, Mexico, were each sentenced in Tucson last week to over seven years in federal prison for illegal reentry after deportation and violating their supervised release in the U.S. District Court in Laredo, Texas. Jimenez-Lopez was sentenced to 95 months in prison by U.S. District Judge J Frederick Motz on August 1, 2011, and Chavez-Torres was sentenced to 88 months in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Ivan Lemelle on August 3, 2011.
Jimenez-Lopez was arrested on April 21, 2009, by the U.S. Border Patrol agents in South Tucson, Arizona. He pleaded guilty on February 18, 2011, to illegal reentry after deportation, and also admitted that this arrest violated his supervised release for a prior illegal reentry case in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas (Laredo). Jimenez-Lopez was previously convicted of burglary, theft and assault in the state of Texas dating back to 1991, and illegal entry, followed by illegal reentry in U.S. District Court in Laredo, Texas, for which he had just completed a 72 month sentence four months before being arrested in South Tucson. Judge Motz sentenced Jimenez-Lopez to 77 months in prison for the new illegal reentry conviction, and imposed an additional 18 months consecutive imprisonment for the supervised release violation.
Chavez-Torres was arrested on December 7, 2010, by Customs and Border Protection Officers at the DeConcini Port of Entry in Nogales, Arizona, while trying to the enter the United States using a false document. He pleaded guilty on January 5, 2011, to attempted illegal reentry after deportation, and also admitted that this arrest violated his supervised release for a prior illegal reentry case in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas (Laredo). Chavez-Torres was previously convicted of attempted robbery, second degree in the state of California, reentry after deportation in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, California, and reentry after deportation in U.S. District Court in Laredo, Texas where he had most recently been sentenced to 46 months imprisonment. Judge Lemelle sentenced Chavez-Torres to 80 months in prison for the new illegal reentry conviction, and imposed an additional 8 months consecutive imprisonment for the supervised release violation.
The investigations in these cases were conducted by the U.S. Border Patrol and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The prosecutions were handled by Liza M. Granoff, Melanie McGhee, Ryan DeJoe and Brandon M. Bolling, Assistant U.S. Attorneys, District of Arizona, Tucson.
CASE NUMBER: CR-09-0865-TUC-CKJ (Jimenez-Lopez)
COMMENTARY: Reading this story it is obvious the two guys had been caught multiple times illegally re-entering the US.
First time illegal re-rentry is a misdeamnor…but second time is a felony.
In way too many cases the second and third time offenders are plea bargained down to misdemeanor and “removed” … meaning deported.
It appears a lot of the serious criminal aliens are also multiple re-entry offenders.
Too bad we don’t have the prison space so the second time they are caught they get serious jail time instead of being recycled in and out of the system.