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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 18, 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 April 17, 2018, to almost three months in federal prison.

Vicente Raymundo-Lopez, age 51, a citizen of Guatemala illegally present in the United States and residing in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the prison term after a February 15, 2018, guilty plea to one count of illegal reentry into the United States.

At the guilty plea, Raymundo-Lopez admitted he had previously been deported from the United States on July 30, 2008, and that he illegally reentered the United States without the permission of the United States government.  On January 12, 2018, Raymundo-Lopez was found by immigration officers at the Linn County Jail in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, following his arrest for a traffic offense.  Raymundo-Lopez claimed to have illegally reentered the United States in 2012.

Raymundo-Lopez was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge Linda R. Reade.  Raymundo-Lopez was sentenced to 83 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.  Raymundo-Lopez 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 https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl.  The case file number is 18-CR-02-LRR.

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Updated April 18, 2018