BECKLEY (WVVA) — A Honduran man was sentenced to “time served” for an immigration crime, according to United States Attorney Mike Stuart.
In March, a trooper with the West Virginia State Police saw a car, surrounded by three men, on the side of the West Virginia Turnpike outside Beckley. When the trooper pulled over, the men attempted to run. The driver could not communicate with the trooper due to a language barrier, and did not have a drivers license.
The trooper contacted a translator service by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to assist. The driver and two other individuals spoke with ICE agents via telephone and all three were found to be in the United States illegally. All three men were taken into custody and fingerprinted.
Elmer Hernandez, 30, was found to be a reentry. Specifically, his prints matched a prior removal from Pennsylvania in 2015.
Hernandez admitted to ICE agents that he was in the United States illegally and had not obtained permission to legally enter the United States. He further admitted that he was a Honduran citizen.
Hernandez entered a guilty plea to the felony offense of Reentry of a Removed Alien. He was immediately remanded to officials for removal proceedings.
United States District Judge Irene C. Berger presided over the hearing. Assistant United States Attorney Erik S. Goes is responsible for the prosecution.
Stuart commended the work of ICE and the West Virginia State Police.