June 25, 2018
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Canadian gets 108 days for entering U.S. after deportation

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A Canadian man was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court to time served, or 108 days, in jail for being found in the U.S. after having been removed or deported.

Garreet Macaskill, 69, of Cap-Pele, New Brunswick, was arrested Nov. 5 after he walked across the border, according to court documents. Macaskill pleaded guilty Nov. 19 to the charge.

He was deported from the U.S. in December 2011 after crossing the border illegally but not charged with a crime, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

Information about why he was forbidden to be in the U.S. was not included in court documents.

The day Macaskill was arrested an agent with Homeland Security Investigation got a tip that he might cross the border illegally, the complaint said. Macaskill was to be picked up by his wife after she crossed the border legally near the discontinued Houlton Port of Entry. The tipster described the vehicle and provided a license plate number.

A U.S. Border Patrol agent stopped the car about 45 minutes after receiving the information, according to the complaint. Macaskill’s clothes had dirt and burdocks on them and his shoes were wet.

He admitted that he had walked across the border and knew he was not supposed to be in the U.S., according to court documents.

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

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