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Guatemalan man detained at Rome farm pleads guilty

Photo courtesy WKTV

According to WKTV, the Guatemalan man who was previously detained by United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at a farm in Rome has pleaded guilty to unlawfully re-entering the United States.

The United States Attorney's office said Marcial De Leon-Aguilar, 31, pleaded guilty Thursday. WKTV reports as a part of his guilty plea he admitted that he was previously convicted of a felony offense and that he was deported three times previously.

De Leon-Aguilar was detained by ICE on April 18 at John Collins' farm, WKTV says he was living and working there with his pregnant wife and their four children.

WKTV reports that at a hearing following his arrest, a federal judge ruled that De Leon-Aguilar would remain in detention because he was considered a flight risk after being deported three times since 1997. WKTV says his most recent deportation was in January 2014.

De Leon-Aguilar is scheduled to be sentenced on July 31. Officials say he faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison along with a fine of up to $250,000 and deportation from the United States.

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