A deported Croatian national pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court to attempting to re-enter the U.S. after he had already been banned as a convicted felon.
Davor Goncin, 69, faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, standard database checks revealed that Goncin was an aggravated felon when he attempted to cross into the U.S. at the Rainbow Bridge on July 9. Convicted of grand larceny in New York City in March 2013, he was sentenced to three to six years in prison. After serving his sentence, he was deported and banned from re-entering the U.S. for life.
Goncin is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb.16 before U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Arcara.