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Guatemalan Man Sentenced to Prison for Illegally Reentering the United States After Being Deported

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

A man who illegally returned to the United States after being deported was sentenced today to over two months in federal prison.

Gaspar Cedillo-Cobo, age 23, a citizen of Guatemala illegally present in the United States and residing in Galena, Illinois, received the prison term after an October 11, 2022 guilty plea to one count of illegal reentry into the United States after having been deported. 

At the guilty plea, Cedillo-Cobo admitted he had previously been deported from the United States and illegally reentered the United States without the permission of the United States government.  Cedillo-Cobo was deported in March 2018 following his conviction in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas for illegal entry into the United States.  On September 8, 2022, immigration officials learned Cedillo-Cobo had illegally returned to the United States and found Cedillo-Cobo at the Jones County, Iowa, jail following his arrest on state charges.

Cedillo-Cobo was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Cedillo-Cobo was sentenced to 75 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.

Cedillo-Cobo 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 the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations.

Court file information at

The case file number is 22-CR-79.

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Updated December 6, 2022