A twice-deported Belizean national who’s currently serving a nine-year sentence in a California prison for a domestic violence-related conviction was indicted Tuesday in Los Angeles on a federal charge of illegally re-entering the United States after being deported.
Akeem Garnett, 37, whose most recent residence was in Beverly Hills, faces up to 10 years in federal prison if convicted, 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 last April 9, according to the indictment.
Garnett is charged with re-entering and remaining in the U.S. knowingly and voluntarily without having obtained permission from the U.S. Attorney General or the Secretary of Homeland Security following his deportation.
Garnett’s 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 the indictment.
In 2012, Garnett was convicted in Los Angeles 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 last July of corporal injury on a spouse, with an enhancement for personally causing great bodily injury, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
He is expected to be brought to federal court in downtown Los Angeles to face the illegal re-entry charge in the coming months.