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Guatemalan Man Sentenced to Prison for Illegally Reentering the United States after Being Deported Two Times

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

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

Juan Sanchez-Cobo, age 35, a citizen of Guatemala illegally present in the United States and residing in Fort Madison, Iowa, received the prison term after a February 6, 2020 guilty plea to one count of illegal reentry into the United States.

At the guilty plea, Sanchez-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.  Sanchez-Cobo was deported in October 2016 following a conviction in the Western District of Texas for illegal entry, a misdemeanor.  He was also deported in July 2018 following a conviction in the Western District of Texas for illegal reentry, a felony.  Sanchez-Cobo most recently came to the attention of immigration agents on December 25, 2019, following his arrest and conviction in Linn County, Iowa, for public intoxication.

Sanchez-Cobo was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Sanchez-Cobo was sentenced to eight months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Sanchez-Cobo 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 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 20-CR-04.

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Updated July 13, 2020