ALEXANDRIA, La. – United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that a federal jury found Erdinc Coskun, 43, of Turkey, guilty yesterday, of two counts of preventing or hampering his deportation from the United States. United States District Judge Dee D. Drell presided over the trial.
Following the two-day trial, the jury found Coskun guilty after deliberating for eight minutes. Based on witness testimony and documents admitted into evidence, it was shown that Coskun refused to leave the United States on April 2, 2013 and May 1, 2013. Both times Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents brought Coskun to the Alexandria International Airport and attempted to put him on a commercial flight, and each time he refused to comply with the agents. After the refusals, he was returned to incarceration.
Coskun faces four years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each count of preventing or hampering his deportation from the United States. Sentencing is set for August 1, 2014.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement – Enforcement and Removal Operations conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon B. Brown is prosecuting the case.