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Mexican man sentenced to prison for illegally reentering the United States after prior deportation

This news story was published on May 4, 2019.
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Federal courthouse, Northern District of Iowa in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who illegally returned to the United States after being deported was sentenced today to almost three months in federal prison.

Juan Gerardo Rodriguez, age 22, a citizen of Mexico illegally present in the United States and residing in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the prison term after a March 1, 2019, guilty plea to one count of illegal reentry into the United States.

At the guilty plea, Rodriguez admitted he had previously been deported from the United States in December 2015 and illegally reentered the United States without the permission of the United States government. Rodriguez was found by immigration agents in January 2019 after he was charged in Linn County, Iowa, with domestic abuse assault with injury. That case is still pending.

Rodriguez was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams. Rodriguez was sentenced to 85 days’ imprisonment. He must also serve a one-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.

Rodriguez is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be turned over to immigration officials.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel C. Tvedt and investigated by Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations.

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