Former Muscatine Man Sentenced For Illegal Reentry Into The United States
DAVENPORT, IA – On December 6, 2012, Jose Eduardo Muniz Ortiz, age 36, formerly or Muscatine, IA, was sentenced to 77 months imprisonment for illegally reentering the United States following deportation, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. Chief United States District Judge James E. Gritzner also ordered that following imprisonment Muniz Ortiz be released to the custody of the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency for deportation or further immigration proceedings.
After Muniz Ortiz was convicted in Muscatine County, Iowa, District Court of a drug trafficking offense in 2008, and released to the custody of ICE in 2010 following completion of his term of imprisonment, he was stripped of his status as a lawful permanent resident alien and deported to his native country of Mexico in 2011. In early 2012, Muniz Ortiz illegally reentered the United States and returned to the Muscatine area. Police investigating Muniz Ortiz’ involvement in a traffic accident arrested him after he initially gave police a false name and then tried to run from the officers. He was indicted in July 2012 for illegal reentry into the United States following deportation, and entered a guilty plea in September 2012.
Muniz Ortiz was subject to an enhanced sentence based on his prior convictions for two aggravated felony offenses; the 2008 drug trafficking offense and a 2001 assault offense.
The case was investigated by ICE, a component of the Department of Homeland Security, and the case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.