District Court Judge Curtis V. Gomez on Thursday sentenced Ray Anthony Wayne to 51 months in prison and three years of supervised release for illegally reentering the United States after having been deported for a prior felony conviction, U.S. Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe announced.
Court records show that on Dec. 31 Wayne was arrested by U.S. Customs and Border Protection after he presented a fraudulent Virgin Islands birth certificate and driver’s license while attempting to board a flight to Miami at Cyril E. King Airport on St. Thomas.
Court records also show that Wayne was deported from the United States on June 3, 2013, after being convicted of possession with the intent to distribute cocaine, a felony offense. Under federal law, deported felons, such as Wayne, are prohibited from reentering the United States.
On March 27, Wayne pled guilty to illegally entering the United States after having been deported. The 43-year-old, who has been detained since his arrest, was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service at the conclusions of Thursday’s sentencing hearing.
The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ishmael A. Meyers Jr. prosecuted the case.