(CNSNews.com)— A Mexican national who has lived in the United States illegally for 28 years was found guilty of a third drunk driving offense and one count of felony ID fraud in Chesterfield County, Va., the Richmond-Times Dispatch reported Monday.
Mario Santos-Ochoa, 44, who was sentenced to nine months in jail for his crimes, faces deportation after he serves his sentence. Ochoa reportedly has raised a family with four children during his illegal stay in the United States.
Santos-Ochoa was removed from the United States five times between 1997 and 2014 when he “llegally re-entered the United States again at some point thereafter,” said Carissa Curtell, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman.
The Richmond-Times Dispatch reported, “He was convicted three times in federal court in Texas of re-entering the U.S. after being deported — in 2009, 2011 and 2012 — and sentenced to seven months, 180 days and 15 months, respectively, in federal prison, according to court documents filed in U.S. District Court in southern Texas.”
According to the arresting officer, Santos-Ochoa’s blood alcohol level at the time of his arrest was 0.11 percent, which is 0.3 percent above the legal limit of 0.08 percent.
Chesterfield Circuit Judge Frederick G. Rockwell III told Santos-Ochoa that if he is deported and re-enters the United States illegally again, on the condition that he is caught, he will face up to 9 years and 3 months in prison.