Illegal alien pleads guilty in South Carolina to unlawfully entering U.S. for 6th time

by ABC News 4Wednesday, November 14th 2018

Paulino Luna-Gonzalez (Charleston County Sheriff's Office booking photo)

FLORENCE, S.C. (WCIV) — United States Attorney Sherri A. Lydon announced Wednesday that Paulino Luna-Gonzalez, 45, a Mexican citizen, pled guilty in federal court to illegally re-entering the United States after being deported.

Evidence presented to the court showed that on May 13, 2018, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)-Enforcement and Removal Operations Deportation Officers discovered Luna-Gonzalez while he was in custody at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center in Horry County on state charges, according to Lydon.

Immigration records revealed that Luna-Gonzalez was a native and citizen of Mexico who had previously been deported from the United States on five separate occasions. Luna-Gonzalez has never received permission to enter or remain in the United States.

Luna-Gonzalez faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. United States District Judge R. Bryan Harwell accepted the guilty plea and will sentence Luna-Gonzalez after receiving and reviewing a pre-sentencing report prepared by the United States Probation Office.

The charges against Luna-Gonzalez were the result of an investigation by ICE-Enforcement and Removal Operations in Charleston, with the assistance of the Horry County Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney A. Bradley Parham of the Florence office is prosecuting the case.