Twice deported felon sentenced in Fort Wayne for illegal reentry of a removed alien

A man in Fort Wayne was sentenced for illegal reentry of a removed alien.

Posted: Sep 24, 2019 6:20 PM
Updated: Sep 24, 2019 6:22 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) –A man in Fort Wayne was sentenced  for illegal reentry of a removed alien.

Joel Sanchez-Lopez was sentenced to 15 months in prison and will be deported after completing his federal sentence.

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According to case documents Sanchez-Lopez is a citizen of Mexico.

In 2008, he was charged and sentenced for felony domestic battery.

In 2009, Sanchez-Lopez was found operating a vehicle while intoxicated at 3 times the legal limit (.24%) while on probation supervision for the felony domestic battery offense.

He was deported back to Mexico in 2010.

However, court documents state Sanchez-Lopez returned to the United States in 2014 without legal authorization, and in violation of the 2010 deportation order.

In 2017, he was charged with another domestic battery offense which was later dismissed, and he was again deported to Mexico in November 2017.

Sometime in July 2018, authorities say, Sanchez-Lopez returned to the U.S. without legal authorization and in violation of the 2010 deportation order.

He was found to be illegally present in the U.S. after he was charged in December of 2018 with operating a vehicle while intoxicated after he got into a verbal altercation with his wife, drove off at a high rate of speed and crashed into a ditch.

His blood alcohol was almost 3 times the legal limit (.238%) for the State of Indiana.

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