Illegal immigrant deported 7 times, convicted of 5 DUIs pleads guilty to re-entering US

A Guatemalan illegal immigrant who has been deported seven times since 2000 pleaded guilty Monday to re-entering the United States an eighth time after being arrested in Tennessee, the Justice Department announced Tuesday.

In addition to his seven deportations, federal prosecutors said 39-year-old Jose Lopez-Ruiz has also been convicted five times of driving under the influence while in the U.S. and has another DUI charge pending.

Lopez-Ruiz is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 24. He faces up to two years in prison.

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Agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations (ICE ERO) encountered Lopez-Ruiz in May in Madison, Tenn., but he fled on foot, officials said.

After receiving information about his location, ICE ERO apprehended Lopez-Ruiz on July 9. He was taken into custody after initially resisting officers, the DOJ said.

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Lopez-Ruiz was most recently deported in January 2018. It was not immediately clear when he reentered the United States.