A man who was arrested for driving under the influence earlier this year pleaded guilty to reentering the United State illegally, according to officials.
Bartolome Olivar-Barrera, 40, of El Salvador pleaded guilty to illegal re-entry this week in federal court in Columbia, according to a news release from District of South Carolina U.S. Attorney Beth Drake.
U.S. District Chief Judge Terry L. Wooten accepted the plea and will sentence Olivar-Barrera at a later date. He could receive up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000, according to the release.
Prosecutors said Olivar-Barrera was arrested for DUI in February and used the alias “Ever Hernandez.” While at the Lexington County Detention Center, ICE-Homeland Security agents discovered his real name and that he is a citizen of El Salvador.
Investigators determined Olivar-Barrera was convicted of common law robbery in 1998 in North Carolina while using the alias “Jose Gomez-Olivar.
He was deported May 30, 1999 and then re-entered the United States without permission, according to the release.