Honduran national pleads guilty for illegally reentering the US 5 times

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BOSTON, MASSACHUSSETS – A Honduran national pleaded guilty today in federal court in Worcester to illegally reentering the United States.

Milton Javier Cardona-Guevara, 34, pleaded guilty to one count of illegal re-entry into the United States after deportation. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman scheduled sentencing for April 9, 2021. Cardona-Guevara was charged in November 2020.

On Aug. 13, 2006, Cardona-Guevara illegally entered the United States and was convicted of improper entry by an alien in August 2006. On Sept. 5, 2006, he was removed from the U.S. In 2008 and 2011, Cardona-Guevara was apprehended after illegally entering the United States and was deported. On Oct. 2, 2018, Cardona-Guevara was arrested in Worcester County for assault with a dangerous weapon. Cardona-Guevara admitted to immigration authorities that he had been deported three times previously. On Jan. 25, 2019, he was removed from the U.S. On Oct. 13, 2020, Cardona-Guevara was arrested in Worcester on an outstanding warrant for criminal charges and had been custody on state criminal charges until he was charged in this case.

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The charging statute provides for a sentence of up to two years in prison, up to one year of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling and Todd Lyons, Field Office Director, Enforcement and Removal Operations, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Boston made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney John T. Mulcahy of Lelling’s Worcester Branch Office is prosecuting the case.

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