Caught Again: Dominican Republic Man Pleads Guilty to Illegal Re-entry into the United States

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JOHNSTOWN, PA — A resident of the Dominican Republic, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of illegal reentry by a deported alien.

Rudys Osvaldo Torres, age 50, of the Dominican Republic, pleaded guilty Thursday to Count One of the Indictment before United States District Judge Stephanie L. Haines.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on or about March 15, 2021, Torres, an alien who had previously been deported and removed from the United States, and who had knowingly, intentionally, and unlawfully reentered the United States, was found in the United States in Somerset County, Pennsylvania without having applied for and received permission from the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to reenter the United States.

Judge Haines scheduled sentencing for December 18, 2023. The law provides for a total sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Arnold P. Bernard, Jr. is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Pennsylvania State Police and the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Torres.

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