United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated Friday that Octavio Huicho Flores, 26, of Mexico, pled guilty Wednesday in federal court in Florence, to illegal reentry into the United States after being convicted of an aggravated felony.
United States District Judge Terry L. Wooten of Florence accepted the plea and will impose sentence after he has reviewed the presentence report which will be prepared by the U.S. Probation Office.
Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that Flores was a citizen of Mexico and entered the United States illegally on December 1, 1996. On November 10, 1999, Flores was convicted in California for child cruelty: possible injury/death and false imprisonment, and received a sentence of 56 months incarceration.
On February 25, 2002, Flores was deported to Mexico. Flores illegally re-entered the United States and was found at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center.
Nettles stated the maximum penalty Flores can receive is a fine of $250,000.00 and/or imprisonment for 20 years, plus a special assessment of $100.00.