November 21, 2012

Deported Canadian sentenced in Maine for re-entry attempt

Owen Sharpe of Victoria, British Columbia, was sentenced to 45 months in prison.

The Associated Press

BANGOR — U.S. Attorney Thomas Delahanty II says a Canadian who's been deported from the United States at least seven times has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison for trying to re-enter the country through Maine.

Fifty-nine-year-old Ian Owen Sharpe of Victoria, British Columbia, was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Bangor to 45 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release.

Court records say that in February, Sharpe, using an alias, crossed into the U.S. at Calais by walking across the bridge and entering the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office to be processed for entry.

A Customs and Border Protection officer determined that Sharpe's claim of U.S. citizenship could not be confirmed. An ensuing investigation revealed that Sharpe had already been deported.

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