BANGOR, Maine — An Addison woman accused of providing transportation to an illegal alien more than two years ago wept Friday when U.S. Magistrate Judge Margaret Kravchuk released her on $5,000 unsecured bail.
“People don’t usually cry when I let them go,” the judge told Kathaleen Brown Sanchez, 32, who was arrested earlier Friday.
It turned out that Brown Sanchez did not understand she would only need to pay the court $5,000 if she failed to show up for a court appearance. With the help of her attorney, Charles W. Hodsdon II of Bangor, Brown Sanchez filled out some paperwork so she could return home.
She did not enter a plea Friday.
Brown Sanchez met a Mexican man, described in court documents as her husband, in November 2006, according to court documents. She learned Mario Sanchez-Rodriguez, then 23, was in the country illegally a few months later. The two were married on Aug. 31, 2007, in a jail where he was being held.
Why Sanchez-Rodriguez was in jail was not revealed in court documents. Brown Sanchez told investigators last year that she was pregnant when he was deported in October 2007.
Hodsdon told the judge Friday that his client recently had been informed that her marriage might not have been legal under Maine law. The attorney said he would look into the matter but did not explain why the marriage might not be valid.
After her husband’s deportation, Brown Sanchez spoke with Sanchez-Rodriguez by phone every day, according to court documents. She told him she would petition immigration officials to grant permission for him to return legally to Maine.
Brown Sanchez learned in April 2008 that her husband had re-entered the U.S. illegally, then traveled from Florida to Springfield, Mass., according to court documents. Sanchez-Rodriguez called his wife from there, and she picked him up at a McDonald’s restaurant.
The couple lived together in Washington County until November 2008, when he was arrested on a domestic assault charge. Sanchez-Rodriguez was convicted in March 2009 in federal court in Bangor of re-entry after deportation.
He was sentenced to time served, or about four months in prison, and again deported. Court documents do not state exactly where in Mexico he is from.
Court documents did not state whether Brown Sanchez has communicated with him since then.
If convicted, she faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.