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Sikeston man pleads guilty to gun charge

Thursday, December 4, 2003

CAPE GIRARDEAU -- A Sikeston man pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to one count of being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

Jamaal E. Hamilton, 22, appeared before U.S. District Judge Henry E. Autrey, who set sentencing for Feb. 27. In his plea, Hamilton admitted that on Oct. 27, 2002, officers found a gun in a Sikeston residence that belonged to him. He had been convicted in Scott County previously of two burglaries. On the new charge, he faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Also in federal court, two citizens of Mexico will learn their fate next year after pleading guilty to a felony immigration violation by being illegal aliens in the United States. The men appeared in federal court Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Henry E. Autrey.

Augustin Calderon-Garcia, 26, pled guilty to one felony count of knowingly and unlawfully reentering and remaining in this country without having obtained the consent of the Attorney General of the United States for admission. He now faces imprisonment of not more than 10 years and/or a fine of not more than $250,000. The court may also impose a period of supervised release of not more than three years.

Calderon-Garcia admitted that in August 2003, when he was arrested by the Pemiscot County Sheriff's Department in Hayti, he did not possess any immigration documents. He claimed to have last entered the United States illegally on Nov. 15, 2002, at or near Douglas, Ariz.

Alfonso Sanchez-Hernandez, 27, pled guilty to one felony count of knowingly and unlawfully entering and remaining in this country without having obtained the consent of the Attorney General of the United States for admission. He faces imprisonment of not more than two years and/or a fine of not more than $250,000. The court may also impose a period of supervised release of not more than one year.

With his plea, Sanchez-Hernandez admitted that in August 2003, when he was arrested by officers with the Chaffee Police Department, he was a citizen of Mexico and was in this country without legal status. He claimed to have last entered the United States illegally in May 2003 at or near Douglas.

Upon further investigation by special agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), it was learned that Sanchez-Hernandez had been ordered removed from the United States previously in Chicago, Ill. The order was executed through the El Paso, Texas, Port of Entry on April 25, 2003.

Sentencing for both men is set for Feb. 27 in St. Louis.