May 25, 2018
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Man sentenced to time served for illegal entry

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A Brazilian man arrested last year in Franklin County was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Bangor to time served for re-entry after deportation.

Joao Leandro Da Silva, 50, was one of six Brazilian men in a Dodge Caravan with Massachusetts license plates that was stopped Dec. 5 in Rangeley by U.S. Border Patrol agents.

A previous check on the license plate showed the van was registered to a Massachusetts resident who previously had been deported. Da Silva was a passenger in the van, according to court documents.

Da Silva was deported in November 2005, according to court documents. He told investigators that he returned illegally to the U.S. in February 2006 through Texas and paid a smuggler $5,000 to help him cross the border.

Information on the status of possible charges against the other five men in the van was not available Wednesday.

The Associated Press reported in December that the men had been working at construction sites in the Rangeley area.

Da Silva pleaded guilty to re-entry after deportation on Dec. 30 in federal court in Bangor. He was been held without bail since his arrest pending the outcome of his case.

He faced up to two years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

Da Silva is expected to be deported again.


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