Sunday, April 10, 2011

6 plead guilty and are sentenced on immigration indictment (Carmi Times)

6 plead guilty and are sentenced on immigration indictment
Carmi Times
Posted Apr 10, 2011 @ 04:06 PM

Benton, Ill. — Six foreign nationals, one woman and five men, plead guilty on April 7, 2011, to indictments charging each with illegal reentry into the U.S. after having been ordered removed and were sentenced the same day, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced Friday.

Marta Palacios-Rivas, 29, of El Salvador; Amado Martinez-Maya, 25, of Mexico; Hector Hernandez-Romero, 24, of Mexico; Carols Montes De Oca-Dominguez, 26, of Mexico; Jose Victor Martinez-Garcia, 22, of Guatemala; and Humberto Figueroa-Roldan, 51, of Guatemala, who have been in custody since there arrest in Effingham County, on March 8, 2010, each pleaded guilty and were sentenced to "time served" and ordered held for Immigration and Customs Enforcement official for hearings relating to removing them from the U.S. once more.

Deputies from the Effingham County Sheriff's Department stopped a van on Interstate 70 for a traffic violation on March 8, 2011, and determined that the driver did not have a valid license and was not a citizen lawfully in the U.S. Thereafter, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were called to assist with the investigation and determined that each of the defendants who were occupants in the vehicle had previously been ordered removed from the U.S. and had reentered without having obtained the consent of the Attorney General of the U.S. or the Director of Homeland Security, thereby making their reentry a felony offense.

This investigation was conducted jointly by the Effingham Sheriff's Department and the U.S. Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The case was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael C. Carr.

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