Mexican Woman Pleads Guilty to Illegally Entering U.S.

Woman faces up to two years in prison

By Justin Franz

A Mexican citizen pleaded guilty to illegal re-entry into the United States after having been previously deported.

Ma Mercedes Rivera-Gutierrez, 39, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Great Falls on Jan. 8, nearly two months after she was arrested north of Cut Bank. According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Rivera-Gutierrez had been removed from the country on three other occasions.

Rivera-Gutierrez could spend up to two years in prison and be fined $250,000.

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