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Man Sentenced To Prison For Illegal Re-entry

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

A man who re-entered the United States following a felony conviction was sentenced on November 18, 2014, to 54 months’ imprisonment.

Esteban Fuego-Sanchez, age 42, from Guatemala, received the prison term after an August 15, 2014, guilty plea to one count of illegal re-entry as an aggravated felon.

At the guilty plea, Fuego-Sanchez admitted he had re-entered the United States without permission after being removed from the country on October 2, 2004.  On September 28, 1995, Fuego-Sanchez was convicted of theft of property, a felony, in Jefferson County, Arkansas.  Fuego-Sanchez came to the attention of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) after he was arrested on June 18, 2014, in Wright County, Iowa for driving without a license.    

Fuego-Sanchez was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett.  Fuego-Sanchez was sentenced to 54 months’ imprisonment. He must also serve a 3-year term of supervised release.  A special assessment of $100 was imposed.  There is no parole in the federal system.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kevin C. Fletcher and investigated by HSI and the Enforcement and Removal Office of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Bureau.  

Court file information is available at https//  The case file number is 14-CR-3038.
Updated February 19, 2015