A man who said he is member of the violent MS-13 gang was sentenced Wednesday in federal court to 21 months in prison following his conviction for illegally re-entering the U.S. after having been deported.
Juan Blanco, 37, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick in Baton Rouge after pleading guilty to the August 2017 federal indictment. Blanco had been deported from the U.S. to his home country of El Salvador in 2008, said acting U.S. Attorney Corey R. Amundson.
The deportation, Amundson said, came after Blanco's conviction of aggravated assault in which he was charged with using a machete to commit an assault in Baton Rouge.
Blanco admitted during Wednesday’s sentencing hearing that he is a member of MS-13, a violent gang active in Central America and the U.S., Amundson said in a news release. Blanco’s criminal history dates back to 2002 and includes multiple convictions for robbery, assault, battery, and resisting an officer.