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Six restaurant workers plead guilty to illegal re-entering

Five people from Mexico and one from Honduras pleaded guilty to charges that they illegally re-entered the United States during a hearing Wednesday before Chief U.S. District Court Judge Frank P. Geraci.

All six were undocumented workers employed at Agave restaurant on Elmwood Avenue or Don Tequila restaurant on Allen Street, authorities said.

Joel Hernandez-Martinez, 29, of Mexico, pleaded guilty to illegal re-entry after deportation following a felony conviction, according to authorities. He worked at Don Tequila. He faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced on April 20.

Miguel Sanchez-Ocampo, 40, of Mexico, who worked at El Agave, pleaded guilty to the same charges, authorities said. He also faces up to 10 years in prison at sentencing.

Four workers who pleaded guilty to illegal re-entry after deportation were sentenced to time served and are now in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The four are: Walter Lopez-Cabrera, 30, of Honduras, who worked at Agave; Araceli Lopez-Martinez, 33, of Mexico, who worked at Don Tequila; Alejandro Valadez-Leon, 46, of Mexico, who was employed at Agave; and Eliel Sanchez-Ocampo, 34, of Mexico, who worked at Don Tequila.

[Related: 25 arrested -- including owner -- in raids on four Mexican restaurants]

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