Mexican national gets 10 years for illegal re-entry

Posted: May 24, 2012 8:53 PM CDT Updated: May 24, 2012 9:00 PM CDT
By Phil Benson

CBS 5 © CBS 5

A Mexican national was sentenced to ten years in federal prison Wednesday for illegally re-entering the U.S. after being deported.

Benjamin Lopez-Patino, 45, was arrested on Sept. 24, 2011, by U.S. Border Patrol agents near the village of Crow Hang on the Tohono O'odham Indian Nation. He pleaded guilty to a one-count indictment on March 13, 2012.

In 2003, Lopez-Patino was convicted of illegal re-entry after deportation and sentenced to 120 months in federal prison.

He has a lengthy criminal history that includes 27 other prior convictions. Among those - felony child abuse, assault, assault with intent to cause serious physical injury, burglary of an occupied structure, vehicle theft and three convictions for driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor.

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