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Illegal alien from Mexico sentenced to prison after returning to the United States following two deportations

CEDAR RAPIDS – A Mexican man who had previously been deported twice was sentenced today to 16 months in federal prison.

Leonardo Vega-Martinez, age 40, a citizen of Mexico who had been living in Cascade, Iowa, received the prison term after a May 4, 2017, guilty plea to misuse of a Social Security Number and illegal reentry of a removed alien after a felony conviction.

In a plea agreement, Vega-Martinez admitted he illegally reentered the United States without permission after having been deported from the United States in 2009 and 2011. Vega-Martinez also admitted that after illegally returning to the United States, he used a fraudulent Social Security Number when he completed an Immigration Form I-9 in February 2013 to obtain employment at a company in Earlville, Iowa. Vega-Martinez was previously convicted in Texas in 2011 of illegal reentry of a removed alien, a felony offense. Vega-Martinez had also been convicted of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol three times, including two times in Allamakee County, Iowa, where he was convicted under an alias.

Vega-Martinez was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge Linda R. Reade. Vega-Martinez was sentenced to 16 months’ imprisonment. A special assessment of $200 was imposed. He must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.

Vega-Martinez 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 Daniel C. Tvedt and investigated by the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations.

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