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El Salvadoran Man Sentenced to Prison for Illegally Reentering the United States

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

An El Salvadoran man who illegally returned to the United States after being deported was sentenced today to more than three months in federal prison.

Boris Martines-Garcia, age 35, a citizen of El Salvador illegally present in the United States and residing in Hopkinton, Iowa, received the prison term after a September 4, 2018, guilty plea to one count of illegal reentry into the United States.

At the guilty plea, Martines-Garcia admitted he had previously been deported from the United States in December 2006 and illegally reentered the United States without the permission of the United States government.  Martines-Garcia was found by immigration agents in July 2018 after Martines-Garcia was stopped for speeding in Delaware County, Iowa. 

Martines-Garcia was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Martines-Garcia was sentenced to 100 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.

Martines-Garcia 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. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 18-CR-2038-CJW.

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Updated October 30, 2018