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Prosecutors: Honduran man arrested in Norfolk entered the US illegally three times

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NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A man from Honduras who was arrested in Norfolk last November has pleaded guilty to illegally entering the United States for the third time.

The U.S. Attorneys Office said in a news release 36-year-old Luis Omar Vallarez-Martinez entered the country for the first time illegally in April 2006, when he crossed the Rio Grande river.

Vallarez-Martinez was caught in Texas and deported back to Honduras. He illegally enterd the country and was deported again in March 2009.

The release said Vallarez-Martinez entered the U.S. a third time at some point.

He was found in Norfolk last November, when he was arrested on charges of public intoxication, brandishing a firearm and reckless handling of a firearm.

The 36-year-old pleaded guilty this week to reentry by an excluded, deported and removed alien. He could see up to two years in prison when he is sentenced on July 8.

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