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ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A Honduran with multiple previous convictions and removals pleaded guilty today to illegally reentering the United States.

According to court documents, Erasmo Alberto-Echeverria, 43, illegally reentered the United States after having been removed on two different occasions. In 2009, Alberto-Echeverria was convicted of misdemeanor hit and run and driving while under the influence of alcohol in Fairfax County. He was removed from the United States by federal immigration authorities in 2010. Thereafter, he illegally reentered the country and was arrested in 2015 on an outstanding warrant for his misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance before he was removed. After being convicted of that narcotics offense in Fairfax County, the defendant was removed from the United States for the second time. He illegally reentered the country for a third time and was most recently discovered by immigration authorities after his arrest in Fairfax County in 2020 for the misdemeanors unlawful entry and destruction of property.

Alberto-Echeverria faces a maximum penalty of two years in prison. He is scheduled to be sentenced on November 13. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Matthew Munroe, Acting Director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Washington Field Office, made the announcement after the plea was accepted by Senior U.S. District Judge Claude M. Hilton.

Special Assistant U.S. Attorney William I. Friedman and Assistant U.S. Attorney Raizza K. Ty are prosecuting the case.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information are located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 1:20-cr-221.

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