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ICE Most Wanted Captured In Church Point - Pleads Guilty

Jan 30, 2019 03:26PM ● By Staff Writer
LAFAYETTE, LA  Jose Melchor-Martinez, an illegal alien from Mexico arrested in Acadia Parish pleaded guilty today to illegally re-entering the country. 

Jose Melchor-Martinez, 49, of Mexico, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carol B. Whitehurst to one count of illegal re-entry of a removed alien. The plea will become final when accepted by U.S. District Judge S. Maurice Hicks Jr.  According to the guilty plea, U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents arrested Melchor-Martinez near Church Point, Louisiana, on October 12, 2018 on a criminal complaint.*   

Martinez had been previously removed from the United States in September, 2003 after serving time for a conviction in North Carolina for indecent liberties with a child.  At the time of his arrest in October, U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement considered Melchor-Martinez one of its most wanted fugitives.   

Melchor-Martinez faces up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, a $250,000 fine, and possible deportation.  The court set sentencing for June 6, 2019. 

*To read the original Parish News article on Martinez's October arrest, CLICK HERE