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Guatemalan Man Sentenced to Prison for Illegally Reentering the United States After Two Prior Deportations

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

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

Pedro Matom-Matom, age 31, a citizen of Guatemala illegally present in the United States and residing in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the prison term after a January 2, 2019, guilty plea to one count of illegal reentry into the United States.

At the guilty plea, Matom-Matom admitted he had previously been deported from the United States in April 2006 and November 2014 and illegally reentered the United States without the permission of the United States government.  Matom-Matom was found by immigration agents in October 2018 after he was charged in Linn County, Iowa, with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.  That case is still pending. 

Matom-Matom was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C. J. Williams.  Matom-Matom was sentenced to 113 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.

Matom-Matom 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-112.  Follow us on Twitter @USAO_NDIA.

Updated March 6, 2019