TAMPA, Fla. – A Florida man was found guilty March 31 of illegal re-entry after deportation and faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) and the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.
The sentencing hearing for Leonel Hernandez-Lopez, 36, of Bradenton, aka Jose Luis Carbajal, is scheduled for June 18. Hernandez-Lopez was indicted Sept. 5, 2013.
According to evidence presented at trial, Hernandez-Lopez was deported from the United States to Mexico Dec. 12, 2002, after he was convicted of firing a weapon and carrying a concealed weapon. On Aug. 16, 2013, an ERO Fugitive Operations Team arrested Hernandez-Lopez in Manatee County without incident. Hernandez-Lopez had not requested permission to re-enter the United States after his deportation.