A 30-year-old woman from Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, Mexico, who was apprehended by Douglas Station Border Patrol agents in February 2011, was sentenced last week to 36 months of confinement.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office prosecuted Maria Soto-Favela following her 2011 apprehension for attempting to illegally re-enter the United States. During processing, agents using the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System learned that Soto-Favela was convicted in 2002 in Maricopa County, Arizona, for felony armed robbery, felony attempted aggravated assault and theft. She was sentenced to four years in prison. Records also indicated Soto-Favela was previously deported from the United States in January 2011.
Following the Border Patrol’s initial processing, the case was submitted to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for re-entry of a felon. Soto-Favela will be formally removed from the U.S. following her 36-month incarceration and is now banned for life from all legalization processes.