Canadian man sentenced for illegally entering the United States

Staff reports

Theodore Allan Halter, 55, of Canada was sentenced before United States District Court Judge Daniel L. Hovland on Jan. 3, 2011, on a charge of reentry of a deported alien.

Halter pleaded guilty to the charge on September 29, 2010.

Judge Hovland sentenced Halter to three years and 10 months in federal prison to be followed by two years of supervised release. Halter was also ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Crime Victim’s Fund.

On August 27, 2010, Halter was walking along the shoulder of U.S. Highway 281, three miles south of the Dunseith port of entry, when he was approached by a border patrol agent.

Halter admitted to the agent that he was a Canadian citizen and had entered the United States without authorization by climbing over a fence near the International Peace Garden.

Halter was previously deported from the United States to Canada on March 10, 2010, after having been convicted in Minnesota state court for domestic assault by strangulation.