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An undocumented citizen living in Shelbyville was sentenced Tuesday to 38 months in federal prison for entering the United States illegally for the seventh time.
U.S. District Judge Danny C. Reeves handed down the sentence to Raul Estrada-Chavez, 32, for illegal re-entry after deportation.
On March 2, Estrada-Chavez was arrested by Kentucky State Police Trooper Trevor Harris for various traffic violations, including no operator’s license.
The arrest report states that Harris stopped Estrada-Chavez on Interstate 64 because the Nissan he was driving had excessively tinted windows.
The trooper discovered Estrada-Chavez had no driver’s license and charged him with that offense, plus failure to maintain insurance, first offense, excessive window tinting and failure to wear a seat belt.
Harris said in the arrest report that Estrada-Chavez told him that he had been living in Shelbyville for two months and that he had lived in Arizona for 10 years before that and had never had a driver’s license or insurance.
Once jailed, officials at the Shelby County Detention Center contacted Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), who identified Estrada-Chavez as an illegal alien.
Estrada-Chavez had a prior drug conviction in Arizona in 2003 and was deported in February 2004 and had never obtained permission to re-enter the United States, according to officials from the U.S. Attorney’s office.