Stamford Man Gets 38 Months In Prison For Illegally Re-Entering Country

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A man convicted in a 2002 assault was sentenced to 38 months in prison for illegally re-entering the U.S. Photo Credit: U.S. Department of Justice

STAMFORD, Conn. -- A citizen of Honduras, who last lived in Stamford, will spend 38 months in prison for illegally re-entering the United States after he was deported, according to a statement from the U.S. attorney's office in Connecticut. 

Mario Mejia, 38, had been convicted in April 2003 of first-degree assault after striking his victim outside a Stamford restaurant in the head with a rock, causing a skull fracture, internal bleeding and other injuries, the statement said.

He was deported to Honduras in 2006 after serving more than three years in prison on that conviction. Mejia illegally re-entered the U.S. in about 2009, the statement said.

Meijia has been detained since March 6, when he was arrested by Stamford Police on a larceny charge. On July 24, he pleaded guilty to one count of illegal re-entry of a removed alien, according to the release.

He was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford.

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