2 from Shelby set for deportation

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Guatemalans here illegally, will serve sentences first

By Lisa King

Two Guatemala natives who were in the United States illegally and had been living in Shelby County have been sentenced on federal charges.

Cruz De Jesus Pena-Villanueva and Norma Elizabeth Gutierrez-Perez were sentenced in U.S. District Court in Frankfort Tuesday.

Pena-Villanueva received 12 months for entering the United States illegally after already having been deported once. Gutierrez-Perez received 25 months for identity theft.

It came to the attention of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in October 2011 that Pena-Villanueva was incarcerated at the Shelby County Detention Center.

He had been deported in September 2007. He pleaded guilty to entering the United States without obtaining consent to do so.

He will be returned to Guatemala following the conclusion of those 12 months.

Gutierrez-Perez pleaded guilty that on March 6, 2010, she falsified employment papers in order to work at Superb IPC in Shelbyville. At that time she filled out employment forms stating that she was a United States citizen, and she used someone’s personal information on the forms.

When confronted by Homeland Security investigators in July 2012, she admitted that she was in the U.S. illegally and that the identity she had been using was from a real person who was a Texas resident, and that she had obtained that person’s birth certificate and Social Security card information from another Guatemalan women who lived in Louisville.

Gutierrez-Perez also had identification that contained the Texan’s information but not her photo and address.

She will be deported to Guatemala following the conclusion of her prison sentence.