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Guatemalan Man Sentenced to Prison for Illegally Returning to the United States

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

A Guatemalan man who illegally returned to the United States after being deported was sentenced July 23, 2018, to over 2 months in federal prison.

Natanael Misrain Gomez-Tuy, age 29, a citizen of Guatemala illegally present in the United States and residing in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the prison term after a May 31, 2018 guilty plea to one count of illegal reentry into the United States.

At the guilty plea, Gomez-Tuy admitted he had previously been deported from the United States on October 8, 2009.  He then illegally reentered the United States without the permission of the United States government.  On May 4, 2018, defendant was arrested by ICE following a traffic stop in Cedar Rapids.

Gomez-Tuy was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge Linda R. Reade.  Gomez-Tuy was sentenced to 70 days’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a 1-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Gomez-Tuy 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 18-CR-49-LRR.

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Updated July 24, 2018