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September 3, 2020Richmond, VAUnited StatesEnforcement and Removal

Guatemalan national sentenced to 21 months for illegal reentry following ICE investigation

RICHMOND, Va. – A Guatemalan man was sentenced Thursday to 21 months in prison for illegal reentry after a felony conviction following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

According to court documents, Diego Tino-Calvo, 45, illegally entered the United States for the first time in 1998. Since then, he has illegally reentered the country at least 14 times and has twice been convicted of illegal reentry – once in 2011 and another time in 2017 – in two separate federal courts. He has an extensive criminal history in the United States, including several convictions for driving under the influence. Tino-Calvo most recently came to the attention of ICE after he was arrested in November 2019 for driving while intoxicated in the Richmond-area.

“Tino-Calvo is an illegal alien who has proven that he’s a public safety threat to communities across the country, as he repeatedly got behind the wheel while intoxicated,” said Matthew Munroe, acting field office director for ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations Washington, D.C. “ICE will reinstate his prior order of removal and return him to his home country upon completion of his prison sentence.”

“Over the past 22 years, Diego Tino-Calvo has illegally entered the United States at least 14 times, and has been convicted of multiple drunk driving offenses,” said G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. “This recidivist behavior reflects a blatant disregard for our nation’s laws and borders and represents a clear threat to public safety. The Department of Justice is committed to prioritizing criminal immigration enforcement, and this case reflects that continuing commitment.”

Updated: 09/04/2020