Matt Potter 3 p.m., Feb. 22
Deportation, then probation
Seven repeat illegal border-crossers sentenced to prison time, then supervised release
Border Patrol agents from the El Centro Sector covering the Imperial Valley desert east of San Diego are touting a string of convictions resulting from arrests made by their agents of illegal border crossers who had already been ejected from the country at least once.
Several of those convicted are said to have extensive criminal histories.
Of the seven men receiving sentences, Jose Zermeno-Torres and Ruben Aguiniga-Ferrer got off lightest, being ordered to serve 18 months in United States prisons. Carlos Gonzalez-Gamez and Carlos Guitierrez-Barajas received 24 month sentences, Luis Armando Servellon-Alvarado was sentenced to 35 months, Luis Miguel Cazarez-Herrera got 37 months, and Jaime Alejandro-Reyes received the stiffest penalty of 46 months’ imprisonment.
All of the men will be formally deported upon completing their prison terms. Four, however, were additionally sentenced to between one and three years supervised release after being freed. It’s unclear how the courts intend to get the men to comply with their probation orders post-deportation – an inquiry to the department’s media contact did not receive an immediate response.