CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who illegally returned to the United States after being deported was sentenced today to five months in federal prison.
Gabriel Hernandez-Martinez, age 39, a citizen of Mexico illegally present in the United States received the prison term after a June 21, 2019, guilty plea to one count of illegal reentry into the United States.
At the guilty plea, Hernandez-Martinez admitted he had previously been deported from the United States in October 2009, December 2009, March 2010, and November 2010 and illegally reentered the United States without the permission of the United States government. Hernandez-Lopez and other illegal aliens were found by immigration agents in May 2019 after a traffic stop in Bremer County, Iowa. Hernandez-Martinez was also deported to Mexico one time in November 1998, three times in November 1999, two times on the same day in June 2005, and one additional time in October 2009.
Hernandez-Martinez was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand. Hernandez-Martinez was sentenced to five months’ imprisonment. He must also serve a one-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.
Hernandez-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 Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations.