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Man gets 30 months in prison for illegally entering U.S.

Mexican national has criminal history

A 25-year-old illegal immigrant was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for attempting to re-enter the United States, illegally, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Friday.

Edson Ernesto Lopez Hernandez, 25, of Moreles, Mexico, was given the prison sentence and three years supervised release Aug. 31. Following his prison sentence Lopez will be formally removed from the United States.

Lopez was apprehended on March 8 near Ajo and records revealed he was convicted on Aug. 17, 2009, for assault with a deadly weapon and served three years in prison. He was removed from the country at San Ysidro, Calif., on Jan. 11, the Border Patrol said in a press release.

The case was then turned over to the U.S. Attorney's office for prosecution.

In January, the Tucson Sector Border Patrol implemented the Consequence Delivery System to aid enforcement. Under CDS, Lopez is classified as “recidivist” with a criminal record, which means he is now banned for life from all legalization processes without a waiver from the U.S. Attorney General, the Border Patrol said.

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