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Aggravated Felon Sentenced To Prison For Illegal Re-Entry

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa

A man who re-entered the United States illegally was sentenced on October 28, 2014, to 15 months in prison.

Lazaro Martin-Bartolon, age 28, from Guatemala, received the prison term after a June 5, 2014, guilty plea to one count of illegal re-entry following a conviction for an aggravated felony.

At the guilty plea, Martin-Bartolon admitted he had re-entered the United States without permission after being removed from the country on November 19, 2009, following a conviction for forgery in Sioux County. Martin-Bartolon came to the attention of Homeland Security Investigations’ (HIS) on March 14, 2014, after he was arrested for OWI in Sioux County, Iowa.    

Martin-Bartolon was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett. Martin-Bartolon was sentenced to 15 months’ imprisonment. A special assessment of $100 was imposed.  He must also serve a one-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

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 https//  The case file number is 14-CR-4043.

Updated February 19, 2015