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Honduran Man Sentenced to Prison for Illegally Reentering the United States After Being Deported

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

A man who illegally returned to the United States after being deported was sentenced today to more than two months in federal prison.

Jesus Mira-Pineda, age 31, a citizen of Honduras illegally present in the United States and residing in Waterloo, Iowa, received the prison term after a February 9, 2023, guilty plea to one count of illegal reentry into the United States after having been deported.

At the guilty plea, Mira-Pineda admitted he had previously been deported from the United States and illegally reentered the United States without the permission of the United States government.  Mira-Pineda was previously deported in March 2014 and illegally reentered the United States in 2015.  On December 19, 2022, immigration officials learned Mira-Pineda had illegally returned to the United States and found Mira-Pineda at the Black Hawk County Jail following his arrest for assault causing bodily injury.

Mira-Pineda was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Mira-Pineda was sentenced to 73 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.

Mira-Pineda 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 23-CR-2001.

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Updated April 7, 2023