The Guatemalan man who was detained at a Rome farm by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement earlier this year has been sentenced to prison time, according to U.S. Attorney Grant Jaquith and Thomas Feeley, Buffalo field office director for ICE.
Marcial De Leon-Aguilar has been sentenced to eight months in prison. Back in June, he pleaded guilty to unlawfully re-entering the U.S. after having previously been removed.
De Leon-Aguilar was detained by ICE at John Collins’ farm in Rome on April 18. He worked on the farm and lived there with his then-pregnant wife and their four children.
Following his arrest, De Leon-Aguilar was being held in detention because he was considered a flight risk after being deported three times since 1997, one of which followed a reckless aggravated assault conviction.
Officials say that after his prison term is over, De Leon-Aguilar faces removal or deportation. They say that deportation and removal proceedings are separate civil matters that are litigated in Immigration Court, and they’re not decided as part of a criminal prosecution.