Mexican National with Prior Felonies Pleads Guilty to Illegally Reentering the Country


BANGOR, MAINE – A Mexican national with an immigration history of prior removals and felony convictions pleaded guilty today in federal court to illegally reentering the U.S., Acting U.S. Attorney Donald E. Clark announced.

According to court records, on October 2, 2020, Galdino Velasco-Santiago, aka Galdino Chavez-Santiago, 40, was arrested on state criminal charges after a car he was operating went off the road in Augusta and was damaged. He had been removed from the U.S. to Mexico four times previously. Immigration authorities determined that he had also been prosecuted in federal courts in Arizona, Florida, and California for prior illegal reentry felony offenses.

Velasco-Santiago faces up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine. He will be sentenced after the completion of a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office.

U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement and the Augusta Police Department investigated the case.

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