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Woman gets 12 days for attempted entry in Maine

January 21, 2011

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BANGOR, Maine—A Brazilian woman who attempted to illegally enter Maine by hiding in the trunk of a Canadian woman's car has been sentenced to 12 days in jail.

The sentence imposed by Judge Margaret Kravchuk amounts to the time already served by 29-year-old Daniela Cristine Tonel-Alves. She was arrested on Jan. 8 with a 43-year-old New Brunswick woman, who's still awaiting sentencing.

The Bangor Daily News says court documents indicate Tonel-Alves grew up in Framingham, Mass., after coming to the U.S. with her parents when she was 8.

She's married to a Brazilian citizen and has two children who're U.S. citizens, but her lawyer says the couple has no documentation. The couple last year applied for a change in their immigration status, which was denied.

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Information from: Bangor Daily News, http://www.bangornews.com

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