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

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Guatemalan Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Illegally Reentering the United States

Came to the attention of federal authorities after Crawford County arrest for Sexual Abuse

A man entered the United States illegally from Guatemala was sentenced on March 26, 2018, to 6 months in federal prison.

Isidro Mendez-Lopez, age 24, from Guatemala and residing in Denison, Iowa, received the prison term after a March 14, 2018, guilty plea to one count of illegal re-entry.

At the guilty plea, Mendez-Lopez admitted he had illegally entered the United States from Guatemala in 2015 after previously being deported from the U.S.

Mendez-Lopez was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett.  Mendez-Lopez was sentenced to 6 months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a 1-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Mendez-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 Enforcement and Removal Office of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Bureau and the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office.

Court file information at

The case file number is 17-CR-04078.

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Updated March 28, 2018