– A twice-deported Belizean national who currently
is serving a nine-year sentence in a California prison for a domestic
violence-related conviction was charged today with one felony count of
illegal re-entry into the United States following his deportation.
Akeem Garnett, 37, a.k.a. “Akeen Dean Garnett” and “Emerson
Edmund Hewitt,” whose most recent residence was in Beverly Hills, was
named in a one-count federal grand jury indictment that alleges he
illegally re-entered the United States.
According to the indictment, Garnett was deported from the
United States on September 1, 2016 and November 16, 2017. He was
most-recently found in Los Angeles County on April 9, 2019.
Garnett is charged with re-entering and remaining in the
United States knowingly and voluntarily without having obtained
permission from the United States Attorney General or the Secretary of
Homeland Security following his deportation.
Garnett’s criminal history includes a conviction in Los
Angeles Superior Court for attempted first-degree residential burglary
in 2011, for which he was sentenced to two years in state prison,
according to the indictment. In 2012, Garnett was convicted in Los
Angeles Superior Court of first-degree residential burglary with
enhancements for committing the offense while on bail and for the
benefit of a street gang, the indictment alleges. He was sentenced to
nine years in state prison for that offense, the indictment states.
Currently, Garnett is incarcerated at North Kern State
Prison in Delano after being convicted in July 2019 of corporal injury
on a spouse, with an enhancement for personally causing great bodily
He is expected to be brought to federal court in Los
Angeles to face the federal illegal re-entry charge in the coming
An indictment contains allegations that a defendant has
committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless
proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
If convicted, Garnett faces a statutory maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigated this case.
This matter is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United
States Attorney Matthew C. Chan of the General Crimes Section.