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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Iowa

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Aggravated Felon Sentenced To Prison For Illegal Re-Entry

A woman who failed to surrender to serve a previous sentence for illegal re-entry was sentenced February 27, 2015, to 12 months in in federal prison.

Maria Parra-Rosales, age 27, from Mexico, received the prison term after an October 27, 2014, guilty plea to one count of failure to surrender.

At the guilty plea, Parra-Rosales admitted she fled to Mexico after being convicted on November 15, 2013, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa of illegal re-entry as an aggravated felon.  Parra-Rosales was to self-surrender to the Waseca Women’s Institution in Minnesota on May 15, 2014.  She failed to surrender, and a warrant was issued for her arrest. Eventually, she surrendered herself to the U.S. Border Patrol at the United States border on June 26, 2014.

Parra-Rosales was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett.  Parra-Rosales was sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment.  She must also serve a 1-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  A special assessment of $100 was imposed.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Parra-Rosales is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until she can be transported to a federal prison.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kevin C. Fletcher and investigated by the U.S. Marshals’ Service and Homeland Security Investigations.  

Court file information is available at  The case file number is CR14-4077.

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Updated March 6, 2015