A Hispanic immigrant who authorities claim was a major illegal document vendor pleaded not guilty in federal court Friday to illegally re-entering the U.S.
Juan Carlos Huerta-Jimenez is charged with entering the U.S. sometime around June 15, 2005, after he previously was deported from the country.
Mr. Huerta-Jimenez pleaded guilty in Hamilton County Criminal Court on Wednesday to identity theft and was sentenced to two years in prison. The sentence was suspended based on the nine months the defendant already had been in custody.
Records show he was deported in 2001 after serving a 15-month sentence stemming from a federal court conviction in California for possessing with the intent to distribute five or more false identification documents and possessing document-making tools.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan K. Lee scheduled Mr. Huerta-Jimenez for trial on May 22.
See tomorrows Chattanooga Times Free Press for complete details.