A 30-year-old Mexican male, apprehended by Nogales Border Patrol agents in March, was sentenced to 82 months in prison on December 16 and barred from ever becoming a U.S. citizen.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office prosecuted Federico LOPEZ-Torres for attempting to re-enter the United States illegally after his apprehension on March 18, 2011. During processing at the Nogales Station, it was revealed that LOPEZ-Torres had a significant criminal record including transportation of illegal immigrants, which resulted in a six month prison sentence. He also had previous convictions for illegal entry and re-entry of an aggravated felon, which resulted in a 28-month prison sentence.
Following initial processing, the Border Patrol submitted the case to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for re-entry of an aggravated felon. Gonzalez will be formally removed from the U.S. following his 82- month incarceration.
He is now banned for life from all legalization processes without a waiver from the United States Attorney General.