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

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Guatemalan Man Sentenced to Prison for Illegally Returning to the United States Following Prior Deportation

A Guatemalan man who illegally returned to the United States was sentenced today to more than three months in federal prison.

Miguel Gallego-Cobo, age 45, a citizen of Guatemala illegally present in the United States and residing in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the prison term after a January 18, 2018, guilty plea to one count of illegal reentry into the United States.

At the guilty plea, Gallego-Cobo admitted he had previously been deported from the United States on December 6, 2013, and that he illegally reentered the United States without the permission of the United States government.  On December 6, 2017, Gallego-Cobo was found by immigration officers during a traffic stop in Cedar Rapids.

Gallego-Cobo was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by Chief United States District Court Judge Leonard T. Strand.  Gallego-Cobo was sentenced to 100 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.

Gallego-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 17-CR-100.

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Updated March 22, 2018