Jul 18, 2013 7:41 PM

Two Mexican citizens sentenced for illegally entering U.S.

Gilberto Del Rio Herrera, 40, and David Cruz-Perez, 45, both of Mexico, were sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge Richard T. Haik in Lafayette.

Herrera received 21 months in prison for illegal re-entry into the United States and 18 months in prison due to revocation of probation for an illegal re-entry charge from the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division. Cruz-Perez received to 16 months in prison for illegal re-entry into the United

According to evidence presented at the guilty plea, Louisiana State Police arrested Herrera on Dec. 2 after a vehicle accident took place in Lafayette Parish. He was charged with hit and run driving, driving while intoxicated, improper lane usage, and possession of an alcoholic beverage in an open container.

A criminal history check conducted by the Louisiana State Police revealed that Herrera had been previously deported to Mexico and had last entered the United States in August of 2012 at Tijuana, Mexico. It was also discovered that Herrera had been deported to Mexico four times and had a criminal record. His record included a 1999 conviction for possession of cocaine in Harris County, Texas.

The Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office arrested Cruz-Perez for aggravated second degree battery on Sept. 29. The defendant has a criminal history and was previously removed on Aug. 19, 2004. He pleaded guilty to the illegal re-entry charge on March 11.



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