A Honduran man who had been deported from the United States three times pleaded guilty to illegally reentering the country, according to court officials.
Ramon Orlando Alvarenga-Rodriguez, 34, of Honduras, pleaded guilty in federal court in Columbia on Monday to illegal reentry, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Columbia. He will be sentenced at a later date and faces up to 20 years in prison.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents located Alvarenga-Rodriguez at the Kershaw County Detention Center in February after he was arrested on unrelated charges, officials said. An investigation revealed that he is a citizen of Honduras and had been deported three times and previously convicted of improper entry. Prosecutors said he then reentered the United States without permission.