Mexican Sentenced to 16 Months in Prison for Illegally Reentering the U.S. after Removal

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ERIE, Pa. – A former resident of Morelia, Mexico pleaded guilty and was sentenced in federal court to 16 months in jail on his conviction of illegal reentry of a removed alien, United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced today.

Senior United States District Judge David S. Cercone imposed the sentence on Miguel Castillo-Lara, 44.

According to information presented to the court, on or about October 20, 2020, Castillo-Lara was found to be unlawfully present within the United States. Castillo-Lara had been previously ordered deported and removed from the United States on March 14, 2012 and was removed from the United States on April 16, 2012. The defendant subsequently reentered the United States and was found to be present in this country without the permission of the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

Assistant United States Attorney Christian A. Trabold prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

United States Attorney Chung commended the United States Border Patrol, Homeland Security Investigations and the Pennsylvania State Police for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Castillo-Lara.

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