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Mexican Man Sentenced To Federal Prison For Illegal Re-Entry

July 27, 2012

Contact: Peter Deegan

A man who illegally re-entered the United States from Mexico was sentenced on July 20, 2012, to 16 months’ in federal prison.

Sergio Govea-Lopez, age 36, from Mexico, received the prison term after a June 12, 2012, guilty plea to one count of illegal re-entry. At the guilty plea,
Govea-Lopez admitted he was deported from the United States on October 6, 2004. Govea-Lopez came into Homeland Security Investigations’ (HSI) custody on January 27, 2012, while he was incarcerated in the O’Brien County, Iowa, jail for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, third offense.

Govea-Lopez was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett. Govea-Lopez was sentenced to 16 months’ imprisonment. A special assessment of $100 was imposed, and he must also serve a 2 year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.

Govea-Lopez 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 Kevin C. Fletcher and investigated by HSI and the Enforcement and Removal Office of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Bureau.

Court file information is available at The case file number is CR11-4056.



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