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Aug 29, 2012 11:56 AM by Faye DeHoff

Illegal immigrant sentenced for re-entering the U.S.

TUCSON - A Mexico City man, convicted of aggravated assault five years ago, has been sentenced for illegally re-entering the U.S.

24-year-old Arturo Hernandez-Garcia was caught last November by Nogales Station Border Patrol agents. During processing, agents using the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) learned Hernandez-Garcia was convicted in 2007 in Salt Lake City for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

After being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office, he was sentenced on August 24 to 40 months of confinement.

Hernandez-Garcia will be formally removed from the U.S. following his 40-month incarceration and is now banned for life from any legalization process.

All illegal immigrants apprehended by the Border Patrol undergo criminal history checks using IAFIS. This tool accesses criminal records throughout the United States, enabling agents to quickly identify violent criminals and wanted persons.

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