Several criminal illegal aliens, including a man from Kennett Square and a man from West Chester, were sentenced for illegal reentry to the United States after deportation.

Marcos Mendoza-Jimenez, 43, of West Chester, and Walter Morales-Lopez, 33, of Kennett Square, were sentenced in separate immigration cases, the United States Attorney’s Office announced Monday. Both are convicted criminals.

Mendoza-Jimenez was sentenced to 24 months imprisonment, followed by immediate and permanent removal from the United States. He was charged by federal indictment in October 2018 with one count of illegal reentry after deportation.

A native and citizen of Mexico, federal officials said Mendoze-Jimenez illegally entered the United States sometime before 2004. While living here illegally, he was convicted in 2004 for theft, assault, and false imprisonment based on an altercation with a man who Mendoza-Jimenez held captive in a car for several hours and threatened with a hammer.

After his first conviction, Mendoza-Jimenez was deported and removed from the United States. He returned illegally sometime in 2016. In 2018, he also assaulted a female with whom he was in a relationship, according to the indictment.

Morales-Lopez was sentenced to time served, approximately six months, after pleading guilty to one count of illegal reentry after deportation.

A native and citizen of Mexico, he entered the United States illegally sometime prior to 2011, when he was removed from the United States for the first time. At some point after that, the he illegally reentered the United States and engaged in a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl.

He was subsequently convicted on state charges of statutory sexual assault, corruption of minors, and luring a child into his car. As a result of his federal conviction on the immigration crime, Morales-Lopez will be immediately transferred into the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement for immediate permanent removal from the United States.

Also, Melvin Roberto Ramos-Moreira, 24, of Lancaster, was sentenced to 12 months and 1 day in prison after pleading guilty to one count of illegal reentry after deportation. Ramos-Moreira, a native and citizen of Honduras, entered the United States sometime prior to 2013. In 2013, he was found in the United States, convicted in state court for stalking, and deported for the first time. Ramos-Moreira then reentered the United States illegally. In 2018, he was charged and pleaded guilty to state charges of stalking, possessing an instrument of crime, invasion of privacy, and harassment following an incident where he followed a female victim shopping in a store and took pictures up the victim’s skirt.

“Those who enter our country illegally are not above the law – nobody is,” said U.S. Attorney McSwain. “These defendants decided they did not have to follow the rules. They not only flouted our nation’s immigration laws, but also committed additional serious crimes while they were here illegally. We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to uphold the rule of law and ensure our nation’s immigration laws are enforced.”

All three were previously removed from the United States and have been convicted of crimes: Mendoza-Jimenez for assaulting and stealing from a man whom he threatened with a hammer, Morales-Lopez for sexual assault, Ramos-Moreira for a stalking conviction.

“ICE and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania will seek to prosecute and remove dangerous criminals who break United States law,” said Simona L. Flores, field office director for ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Philadelphia. Our officers continue to work daily with professionalism and integrity, enforcing the law as set forth by Congress.”

The cases were investigated by ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations and are being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Mary Kay Costello, Mary E. Crawley, and Nancy Beam Winter.

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