Raleigh, N.C. — An illegal immigrant entered a special guilty plea on Monday to charges that he interrupted a General Assembly committee meeting when he shouted out his opposition to lawmakers' talks on toughening the state's policy on illegal immigration.
Uriel Alberto, 25, of Winston-Salem, entered an Alford plea to charges of disorderly conduct in connection with the disturbance at the Feb. 29 meeting.
In an Alford plea, a defendant pleads guilty, while maintaining his innocence, and admits it is in his best interest to take the plea deal because there is sufficient evidence that could find him guilty.
He was sentenced to time served.
Alberto, who was one of three people arrested, has said he was protesting with the advocacy group NC Dream Team, in part, how U.S. immigration laws affect immigrants who have been raised in America yet cannot obtain citizenship as adults.
A native of Mexico, he has lived in the United States since he was 7 years old.
He could face deportation as a result of his arrest. His case is being appealed.