A Brazilian man was sentenced in federal court Friday and ordered to begin the deportation process after reportedly admitting to illegally entering the country in July.
Valdeson Alves Cordeiro's sentence was typical for these cases that pass through the federal courts here: time served and released to federal immigration officials to begin deportation proceedings.
Cordeiro has been in federal custody for about two months since a traffic stop near Butte, when he reportedly gave a Montana Highway Patrol trooper a false name, according to court documents.
The trooper reportedly discovered Cordeiro's Brazilian nationality through his passport, and arrested him for obstructing a peace officer. State authorities then alerted investigators with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
In an interview with Condeiro in Spanish (the national language of Brazil is Portuguese), federal investigators learned he was in the country illegally, according to the documents. Cordeiro had been deported twice before, by immigration judges in Boston in July 2008 and Miami three months later, according to court documents.
Cordeiro reportedly admitted to re-entering the U.S. outside of the proper channels on July 13, just four days before his arrest near Butte.
He was read his Miranda rights — in Portuguese this time, according to court documents — and taken into federal custody while the obstructing charge was dropped.
Three weeks later, federal prosecutors penned a plea agreement with Cordeiro, putting him back on the path toward deportation, and he pleaded guilty to the charge on Aug. 21.