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Honduran man sentenced to prison for illegally reentering the USA and working in Iowa after being deported

This news story was published on June 30, 2020.
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CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who illegally returned to the United States after being deported was sentenced today to more than four months in federal prison.

Dagoberto Pacheco-Mata, age 29, a citizen of Honduras illegally present in the United States and residing in Tama, Iowa, received the prison term after a March 11, 2020, guilty plea to one count of illegal reentry into the United States.

At the guilty plea, Pacheco-Mata admitted he had previously been deported from the United States in November 2011 and illegally reentered the United States without the permission of the United States government. Pacheco-Mata was arrested in February 2020 after his illegal presence in the United States came to the attention of immigration agents.

Pacheco-Mata was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams. Pacheco-Mata was sentenced to 130 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.

Pacheco-Mata 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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