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Border Patrol agents arrest Mexican man with 2 felony assault convictions near Hidalgo

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Agents arrested Jose Jaime Pineda-Enamorado, 31, a Mexican citizen who lived in Alamo, is charged with illegal re-entry. (Photo courtesy of the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office)

Border Patrol agents arrested a Mexican man with two felony assault convictions Wednesday near Hidalgo.

Agents arrested Jose Jaime Pineda-Enamorado, 31, a Mexican citizen who lived in Alamo.

“The defendant claims to have illegally entered the United States on November 21, 2017, near Hidalgo, Texas,” according to the federal criminal complaint against him.

Pineda’s criminal record includes two felony assault convictions and four misdemeanor convictions in Hidalgo County:

  • On Jan. 17, 2008, Pineda pleaded guilty to interfering with an emergency call, a Class A misdemeanor, and assault causing bodily injury-family violence, a Class A misdemeanor, according to Hidalgo County court records.

    County Court at Law Judge Albert Garcia sentenced him to 18 days in jail with credit for 18 days already served.

  • On Aug. 11, 2010, Pineda pleaded guilty to two counts of assault, a third-degree felony, according to Hidalgo County court records.

    State District Judge Mario E. Ramirez Jr. sentenced him to two years in prison with credit for 54 days already served.

  • On Aug. 26, 2010, Pineda pleaded guilty to failure to identify, a Class A misdemeanor, according to Hidalgo County court records.

    County Court at Law Judge Albert Garcia sentenced him to 70 days in jail with credit for 70 days already served.

  • On May 25, 2016, Pineda pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated, a Class B misdemeanor.

    County Court at Law Judge Albert Garcia sentenced him to 30 days in jail with credit for 24 days already served.

He’s now charged with illegal re-entry.

An attorney for Pineda didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Prosecutors in the Southern District of Texas, which includes the Rio Grande Valley, filed 343 new immigration cases in September, according to the latest data published by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. Only the Southern District of California and the Western District of Texas — with 347 cases each — had more new immigration cases.

The McAllen Division, which covers Hidalgo County and Starr County, handles a significant portion of the workload.

All three district judges at the federal courthouse in McAllen handled more than 40 new immigration offenses in August, placing them among the top 10 nationwide.

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