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Mexican citizen sentenced for illegally reentering U.S.

MADISON — Madison, Wis. – John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Rolando Reyes-Cruz, 49, a citizen of Mexico found living in New Lisbon, Wis., was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge James Peterson to 46 months in federal prison for illegally reentering the United States following deportation.  Reyes-Cruz pleaded guilty to this charge on May 5, 2016.

Reyes-Cruz first came to the United States illegally when he was approximately 14 years old.  Despite being removed from the country four times, he continued to reenter the United States and to return to Wisconsin.  While in Wisconsin, he was convicted of numerous crimes, including burglary, domestic battery while armed, hit and run, felon in possession, possession of cocaine, resisting an officer, ID theft, and substantial battery.  He was also convicted of illegal reentry in the Eastern District of Wisconsin in 2007.

While recognizing that Reyes-Cruz returned to Wisconsin to see his children, Judge Peterson noted that he had a duty to protect the public from the defendant’s criminal activity.

The charge against Reyes-Cruz was the result of an investigation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Altman.