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Mexican man and 4-time drunk driver deported twice in 2017 sent to prison after coming back to Iowa yet again

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 24 months in federal prison.

Sergio Sanchez-Juarez, age 32, a citizen of Mexico illegally present in the United States and residing in Hiawatha, Iowa, received the prison term after a March 19, 2019, guilty plea to one count of illegal reentry into the United States after having been convicted of a felony.

At the guilty plea, Sanchez-Juarez admitted he had previously been deported from the United States in September 2017 and November 2017 and illegally reentered the United States without the permission of the United States government. Sanchez-Juarez has illegally entered the United States at least six times. Sanchez-Juarez was deported after being convicted in September 2017 of Operating While Intoxicated (OWI), third offense, a felony. Sanchez-Juarez also has prior convictions in Linn County, Iowa, in January 2011 and June 2014 for OWI. Sanchez-Juarez was found by immigration agents in November 2018 after he was charged in Linn County, Iowa, with OWI. He was convicted of this fourth OWI offense in February 2019. Sanchez-Juarez was also deported to Mexico in February 2007 and July 2014.

Sanchez-Juarez was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams. Sanchez-Juarez was sentenced to 24 months’ imprisonment. He must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.

Sanchez-Juarez 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 Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations.

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