(CNSNews.com) -- An illegal alien from El Salvador, who had previously been deported 10 times from the United States, was sentenced to nearly 10 years (115 months) in federal prison, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina.
Jose Alfonso Rodriguez-Garcia, 54, was sentenced on Aug. 29 by U.S. District Court Judge W. Earl Britt for "illegal reentry of an aggravated felon." He had pleaded guilty to the crime on May 22.
Rodriguez-Garcia "was found in Wake County [North Carolina] due to his arrest for second degree forcible rape," said the U.S. Attorney's Office. In addition to illegally entering and reentering the United States, Rodriguez-Garcia has a long criminal record with multiple convictions, including the following:
- receiving stolen property,
- grand theft from a person,
- attempt to distribute a controlled substance,
- resisting public officer,
- possession of controlled substances,
- auto theft,
- evading arrest,
- assault on a female,
- deported alien found in the United States,
- illegal reentry of a previously deported alien, and
- illegal reentry by a previously deported aggravated felon.
“For years, Jose Alfonso Rodriguez-Garcia disregarded the laws of the United States having been previously deported 10 times and racking up conviction after conviction, including assault and narcotics offenses," said U.S. Attorney Robert Higdon.
"With this 115-month sentence, the American citizens, and in particular those of the Eastern District, are safer today because it has put a stop to Rodriguez-Garcia’s treating our borders as a revolving door," said Higdon.