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Dominican Who Re-Entered United States After Being Previously Deported Gets 1 Year In Prison

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A Dominican Republic native who came back to the United States after being previously deported was given one year in prison, authorities said.

Eilin Castillo Montano of Santo Domingo was sentenced after previously pleading guilty to illegally reentering the United States after being ordered deported and removed, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said.

According to court documents, Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) Deportation Officer received information from a credible source of information (SOI) that an individual who was previously deported from the United States was back in St. Thomas.

ICE officers observed the defendant and took him into custody, where he admitted to being in the United States illegally.

Criminal and immigration records checks revealed that Castillo Montano was previously ordered deported and on April 19, 2016, he was removed to the Dominican Republic.

His removal followed a federal conviction on August 31, 2015, in the District Court of the Virgin Islands for possessing a firearm by an illegal alien and a local conviction in the Virgin Islands Superior Court on January 11, 2016, for discharging a firearm.

United States District Court Judge Robert Molloy sentenced Castillo to 12 months imprisonment.

The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE).