Mexican national pleads guilty and is sentenced for immigration crime | USAO-SDWV

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Mexican national pleaded guilty today to the criminal offense of re-entering a deported alien. Sergio Chavez-Nieto, 44, was found guilty by the court and sentenced to “time served”, after spending nearly three months in federal custody. Chavez-Nieto was later returned to ICE custody for possible deportation proceedings from the United States.

According to court documents and statements made during the hearing, on November 9, 2021, Chavez-Nieto was found in Parkersburg by ICE members who had identified him during an investigation. ICE agents spoke to the accused to confirm his identity. Chavez-Nieto admitted to being in the United States illegally and had no identification document allowing him to have legal status in the United States. Chavez-Nieto was placed under arrest.

Fingerprints matched Chavez-Nieto to five previous removals from the United States: three voluntary removals in 2000, an administrative removal in 2010 and another administrative removal in 2014. Chavez-Nieto was convicted in 2003 of cocaine possession in Winston Salem, in the North. Carolina and also a 2014 federal misdemeanor conviction for unlawful entry into Laredo, Texas. Chavez-Nieto never obtained permission to legally enter the United States and did not apply for legal status or citizenship. Chavez-Nieto further admitted to ICE agents that he was a Mexican citizen.

U.S. Attorney Will Thompson made the announcement and praised the investigative efforts of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Parkersburg Police Department’s Street Crime Unit, and the United States Marshals Service.

U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin presided over the hearing. Assistant United States Attorney Erik S. Goes is in charge of the prosecutions.

A copy of this press release can be found on the website of the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia. Court documents and related information can be found at PACER looking for case no. 2:21-cr-0024seven.

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