LEXINGTON, Ky. — A convicted felon from El Salvador was sentenced Tuesday to seven years and eight months in federal prison for illegally re-entering the United States after having been previously deported four times. This sentence resulted from an investigation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).
Jose Eligio Pineda-Parada, 47, was sentenced July 31 to 92 months in prison for illegally re-entering the United States as a previously deported felon. He was convicted of the charge after a one-day trial in May.
Court records showed that Pineda-Parada legally entered the United States in 1987. Evidence presented at the trial proved that in 1991, Pineda-Parada was convicted in Texas of a felony assault. He was sentenced to two years in prison and was deported in April 1992. He illegally re-entered the United States and was again deported in October 1999, and deported a third time in December 2000. A federal judge in Texas sentenced him to 46 months in 2002 for illegally re-entering the United States for a third time. He was last deported to El Salvador in 2004.
Most recently, Lexington authorities arrested Pineda-Parada in December 2011 for driving drunk and other related traffic offenses. While at the Fayette County Detention Center, jail officials identified Pineda-Parada as an illegal alien who had been previously deported. ERO was notified and took Pineda-Parada into custody.
Under federal law, Pineda-Parada will have to serve at least 85 percent of his prison sentence. He will be deported to El Salvador for a fifth time after he completes his prison sentence.
Assistant U.S. Attorney David Marye, Eastern District of Kentucky, prosecuted the case.