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Honduran Man Sentenced to Prison for Illegally Reentering the United States After Being Deported in 2017

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Has been convicted of possession of a firearm by an illegal alien

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

Cesar Hernandez-Lopez, age 29, a citizen of Honduras illegally present in the United States and residing in Muscatine, Iowa, received the prison term after a May 24, 2019, guilty plea to one count of illegal reentry into the United States after having been convicted of an aggravated felony.

At the guilty plea, Hernandez-Lopez admitted he had previously been deported from the United States in May 2017 and illegally reentered the United States without the permission of the United States government. Hernandez-Lopez was found by immigration agents in April 2019 at a traffic stop in Cedar County, Iowa.

Hernandez-Lopez was deported after being convicted in September 2016 of possession of a firearm by an illegal alien, an aggravated felony, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi.  In that case, law enforcement officers found a loaded handgun during the execution of a search warrant under the mattress in Hernandez-Lopez’s bedroom.

Hernandez-Lopez was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Hernandez-Lopez was sentenced to eight months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Hernandez-Lopez 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 Daniel C. Tvedt and investigated by Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations.

Court file information at

The case file number is 19-CR-39.

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Updated August 30, 2019