Office of the United States Attorney
District of Arizona
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Public Affairs
Wednesday, November 25, 2009 SANDY RAYNOR
Telephone: (602) 514-7625
Cell: (602) 525-2681
GUATEMALAN CITIZEN SENTENCED TO 46 MONTHS IN FEDERAL
PRISON FOR ILLEGAL REENTRY AFTER DEPORTATION
PHOENIX – Adan Samuel Lopez-Chavez, 30, of Guatemala, was sentenced by U.S. District
Judge Susan R. Bolton to 46 months in prison after the defendant pleaded guilty to Illegal Reentry
Lopez-Chavez was deported from the U.S. in August 2008, but returned to the country less
than a year later. He was discovered by U.S. Border Patrol agents who were patrolling a desert area
near the U.S./Mexico border.
Lopez-Chavez has a significant criminal history, including four DUI convictions (including
two instances in which Lopez-Chavez caused a collision and then fled the accident scene) and an
assault-with-a-dangerous-weapon conviction in which Lopez-Chavez attempted to rob a taxi driver
at knifepoint. This criminal history played a factor in the judge’s sentencing decision.
The sentencing occurred on November 23, 2009. The investigation in this case was
conducted by U.S. Border Patrol. The prosecution was handled by Dominic Lanza and Theresa
Rassas, Assistant U.S. Attorneys, District of Arizona, Phoenix.
CASE NUMBER: CR- 09-982-PHX-SRB
RELEASE NUMBER: 2009-368(Lopez-Chavez)
For more information on the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Arizona, visit http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/az/