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Illegal alien and felon sentenced to federal prison for re-entering U.S.

justice1CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who illegally re-entered the United States from El Salvador was sentenced on July 30, 2013, to 20 months in federal prison.

Inmar Hernandez-Pineda, age 22, from El Salvador, received the prison term after a May 6, 2013, guilty plea to one count of illegal re-entry as an aggravated felon. At the guilty plea, Hernandez-Pineda admitted he was last deported from the United States on August 22, 2011. Hernandez-Pineda came to the attention of Homeland Security Investigations’ (HSI) on March 26, 2013, while he was incarcerated in the Woodbury County, Iowa, jail for false reporting, falsifying public documents, and not having a driver’s license.

Hernandez-Pineda was previously convicted of theft in the 2nd degree and criminal mischief in the 2nd degree, in the Iowa District Court for Woodbury County on April 28, 2009.

Hernandez-Pineda was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Donald E. O’Brien. Hernandez-Pineda was sentenced to 20 months’ imprisonment. A special assessment of $100 was imposed. He must also serve a 1-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.

Hernandez-Pineda is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kevin C. Fletcher and investigated by HSI and the Enforcement and Removal Office of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Bureau.

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