Guatemalan man detained at Rome farm pleads guilty

The Guatemalan man who was previously detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at a farm in Rome has pleaded guilty to unlawfully re-entering the U.S. after having previously been removed.

Posted: Jun 21, 2018 5:17 PM

The Guatemalan man who was previously detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at a farm in Rome has pleaded guilty to unlawfully re-entering the U.S. after having previously been removed.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Marcial De Leon-Aguilar, 31, pleaded guilty Thursday. As part of his guilty plea, he admitted that he was previously convicted of a felony offense, and that hhe had been deported three times previously.

On April 18, De Leon-Aguilar was detained by ICE at John Collins’ farm in Rome, where he was working and living with his pregnant wife and their four children. At a hearing following his arrest, a federal judge ruled that De Leon-Aguilar would remain in detention because he was considered a flight risk after being deported three times since 1997. One of those deportations followed a reckless aggravated assault conviction, according to ICE, and his most recent deportation was in Jan. 2014.

De Leon-Aguilar is scheduled to be sentenced on July 31. He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, along with a fine of up to $250,000 and removal or deportation from the U.S.

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