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Deported Guatemalan man sent prison for illegally returning to Iowa and driving drunk

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

Francisco Gomez-Tino, age 32, a citizen of Guatemala illegally present in the United States and residing in Toledo, Iowa, received the prison term after a March 15, 2019, guilty plea to one count of illegal reentry into the United States.

At the guilty plea, Gomez-Tino admitted he had previously been deported from the United States in June 2011 and August 2013 and illegally reentered the United States without the permission of the United States government. Gomez-Tino was found by immigration agents in February 2019 after he was charged in Tama County, Iowa, with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and providing false identification information. That case is still pending.

Gomez-Tino has prior convictions providing false identification and failure to appear in July 2004 in Moore County, Texas, driving under the influence of alcohol in April 2011 and interference with law enforcement in August 2013, both in Cowley County, Kansas. Gomez-Tino used an alias in these prior cases.

Gomez-Tino also has cases pending in Kansas and Nebraska. Gomez-Tino was arrested in Cowley County, Kansas, in March 2014 and charged with domestic battery, driving under the influence, and fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer. Gomez-Tino was arrested in Dodge County, Nebraska, in August 2014 and charged with terroristic threats and disorderly conduct.

Gomez-Tino was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams. Gomez-Tino was sentenced to 102 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.

Gomez-Tino 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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