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Northern District of Iowa

Monday, April 29, 2019

Honduran Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Illegally Reentering the United States

Came to the attention of federal authorities after his arrest in Emmetsburg, Iowa

A man who entered the United States illegally from Honduras was sentenced on April 26, 2019, to four months’ in prison.

Jose Palma-Murillo, age 31, from Honduras, received the sentence after a March 7, 2019, guilty plea to one count of illegal re-entry.

At the guilty plea Palma-Murillo admitted he had illegally entered the United States from Honduras on an unknown dated after previously being deported in June of 2013.  On February 5, 2019, Palma-Murillo came to the attention of ICE authorities after his arrest in Emmetsburg for driving while license revoked and failure to provide proof on insurance.   

Palma-Murillo was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Leonard T. Strand.  Palma-Murillo was sentenced to four months’ imprisonment. He must also serve a 1-year term of supervised release after the prison term. 

Palma-Murillo 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 Kevin C. Fletcher and investigated by Enforcement and Removal Office of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Bureau.

Court file information at

The case file number is 19-CR-03008.

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Updated April 29, 2019