NORWALK, Conn. -- A citizen of Mexico with a criminal history in Norwalk pleaded guilty Monday to illegal re-entry of a removed alien.
Alberto Silvo-Garcia, 46, pleaded guilty to one count of the charge before U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Alker Meyer in New Haven. Silva-Garcia, who has been in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody since October 2016, illegally re-entered the United States nearly a dozen times since 1999. He faces a maximum prison term of 10 years.
In August 2009, Silva-Garcia was arrested for motor vehicle offenses in Norwalk. He was subsequently charged with illegal reentry in U.S. District Court in Connecticut and was sentenced to 12 months of imprisonment. In December 2010, Silva-Garcia was again removed to Mexico.
Silva-Garcia illegally reentered the U.S. and in March 2015, was charged with larceny and burglary offenses in Superior Court in Norwalk. The charges stemmed from a crime spree involving the theft of construction tools and equipment from job sites and parked construction vehicles. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three years in jail.
Silva-Garcia also has a criminal record in California. According to court documents and statements made in court, Silva-Garcia was deported from the United States to Mexico in March 1999 after a domestic violence conviction in California. Between March 1999 and April 2004, Silva-Garcia was encountered multiple times in California by immigration agents, twice while in custody following his apprehension and conviction for controlled substance violations, and on several other occasions following his apprehension at the U.S. border for falsely claiming U.S. citizenship. On 11 documented occasions, Silva-Garcia was returned to Mexico by foot.
Judge Meyer scheduled sentencing for April 25.