Twice-Deported Belizean National Faces Sentencing for Illegal Re-Entry

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A twice-deported Belizean national who's currently serving a nine-year sentence in a California prison for a domestic violence-related conviction faces sentencing today on a charge of illegally re-entering the United States after being deported.

Akeem Garnett, 31, whose most recent residence was in Beverly Hills, could be sentenced to up to 10 years in federal prison, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Garnett -- also known as “Akeen Dean Garnett” and “Emerson Edmund Hewitt” -- was deported from the U.S. on Sept. 1, 2016, and Nov. 16, 2017 and was most recently found in Los Angeles County in April 2019.

His criminal history includes a conviction in Los Angeles Superior Court for attempted first-degree residential burglary in 2011, for which he was sentenced to two years in state prison, according to court papers.

In 2012, Garnett was convicted in Superior Court of first-degree residential burglary with enhancements for committing the offense while on bail and for the benefit of a street gang. He was sentenced to nine years in state prison for that offense, according to the indictment.

Currently, Garnett is incarcerated at North Kern State Prison in Delano after being convicted in July 2019 of corporal injury on a spouse, with an enhancement for personally causing great bodily injury, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

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