Honduran National Edwin David Ponce-matamoros Pleads Guilty To Illegal Reentry

(STL.News) – U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that Edwin David Ponce-matamoros, age 34, a citizen of Honduras, plead guilty on December 10, 2019 in a one-count indictment charging him with illegal reentry of a removed alien, in violation of 8 U.S.C. ‘ 1326(a) and (b)(1).

According to documents signed by the defendant and filed in open court, federal agents found Ponce-matamoros, who did not have permission to be in the United States, in Jefferson Parish on or about October 10, 2019.  Ponce-matamoros was previously removed from the United States on March 17, 2017.

Ponce-matamoros faces a maximum term of imprisonment of ten years, a maximum fine of $250,000, a maximum term of supervised release of three years, and a mandatory $100 special assessment.  Sentencing is scheduled for February 4, 2020.

U.S. Attorney Strasser praised the work of the United States Department of Homeland Security in investigating this matter.  Assistant U. S. Attorney David Howard Sinkman is in charge of the prosecution.