CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - A 38-year-old Mexican national
has been sentenced to federal prison following his conviction of illegal
re-entry into the United States after deportation, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan
K. Patrick. Isidro Rodriguez-Toscano pleaded guilty Oct. 23, 2018.
"We must have secure borders," said Patrick.
"Foreign nationals previously deported or that have a criminal history are
not permitted entry into our country. We have been and will continue to be a
leader in prosecuting these types of cases and thank our hard-working law
enforcement partners who bring illegal re-entry cases to us for prosecution.
At the hearing today, U.S. District Judge Hilda G. Tagle
ordered Rodriguez-Toscano to prison for 46 months in federal prison. The court
heard evidence of his convictions for aggravated robbery, felony theft and
assault. He was also previously convicted for the same offense - illegal
re-entry - in December 2009 and was sentenced to 70 months, later deported and
not permitted to return to the United States.
However, in August 2018, A Texas Department of Public
Safety (DPS) trooper had conducted a traffic stop for a defective taillight
near Riviera. Rodriguez-Toscano was the driver of that vehicle and determined
to be illegally present in the country.
He has been and will remain in custody pending transfer
to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
Customs and Border Protection and DPS conducted the
investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Reid Manning is prosecuting the case.