BANGOR, Maine — A Mexican national who served time last year in Washington County Jail in Machias on a domestic violence assault charge was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Bangor to four months in federal prison for re-entering the country illegally after being deported.
Mario Sanchez-Rodriguez, 23, of Addison was arrested on Dec. 3 on the federal charge after completing his sentence on the misdemeanor assault, according to a report previously published in the Bangor Daily News.
He pleaded guilty to the charge of re-entry after deportation on Dec. 12 a few days after being indicted by a federal grand jury.
Sanchez-Rodriquez faced up to two years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Under the prevailing federal sentencing guidelines, the recommended sentencing range was between one and seven months.
Most defendants who plead guilty to re-entry after deportation are sentenced to time served, which is usually between 80 and 100 days, the time it takes to deal with their cases. Sanchez-Rodriguez’s previous convictions for domestic violence assault and operating under the influence of intoxicants increased the time he will be incarcerated, Supervisory Assistant U.S. Attorney Todd Lowell said Tuesday after the sentencing.
Sanchez-Rodriquez is expected to be deported again after completing his sentence. He could face stiffer penalties if he returns.
After arresting him on Nov. 13 in answer to a report of a domestic assault in Addison, Washington County sheriff’s deputies informed agents with the office U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that they believed Sanchez-Rodriguez was in the country illegally, according to court documents.
Sanchez-Rodriguez was removed from the country in October 2007, according to court documents. He told investigators in December, according to court documents, that he returned illegally a year ago through Arizona to visit his wife and child in Addison.