Mexican national faces federal charges

The Daily Times staff
Jesus Manuel Sosa-Villanueva

FARMINGTON — A 38-year-old Mexican national who is a convicted felon has been arrested on allegations he unlawfully re-entered the United States, according to a press release from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Erich Anderson, a deportation officer for ICE, said Jesus Manuel Sosa-Villanueva was arrested at 2 p.m. Sunday by ICE agents and San Juan County Sheriff's Office deputies at his residence in Waterflow.

Sosa-Villanueva was previously convicted of reentry of an aggravated felon after deportation in the U.S. District Court of Arizona in 2002 and sentenced to 42 months in federal prison, according to court records.

He was convicted in El Paso County, Texas, in 1999 of deadly conduct and sentenced to two years in prison, court records state.

Anderson said there was no evidence Sosa-Villanueva was engaging in criminal activity at the time of his arrest.

Sosa-Villanueva is current in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service. Reentry of an aggravated felon is punishable by up to 20 years in federal prison.