Feds: El Salvador citizen gets prison on illegal reentry charge in CT

EAST HARTFORD — A man whose last known address was East Hartford has been sentenced to serve a year and a half in federal prison for illegally reentering the United States after being deported, federal authorities said.

A judge on Monday sentenced 37-year-old Mario Antonio Herrera, a citizen of El Salvador, to 18 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, according to a news release from the office of U.S. Attorney for Connecticut John Durham.

Herrera was deported from the U.S. to El Salvador on March 26, 2010, after he was convicted in Manchester Superior Court in July 2008 on a second-degree assault offense, officials said. His criminal history in Connecticut includes convictions for carrying a dangerous weapon and reckless endangerment.

On July 1, 2019, Herrera was arrested by East Hartford police under the name Antonio Morales and charged with disorderly conduct and interfering/resisting arrest. He has been detained since his arrest.

Herrera pleaded guilty to reentry of a removed alien on Feb. 20, authorities said.

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