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

Monday, February 12, 2018

Mexican Man Sentenced to 112 Days in Prison for Illegally Returning to the United States Following Deportation

A Mexican man who had previously been deported following state convictions for domestic abuse and false imprisonment was sentenced today to 112 days in federal prison.

Efren Palacios-Ramirez, age 29, a citizen of Mexico who had been living in Polk County, Iowa, received the prison term after a November 16, 2017, guilty plea to one count of illegal reentry of a removed alien after a felony conviction.

At the guilty plea, Palacios-Ramirez admitted he illegally reentered the United States without permission after having been deported from the United States in December 2012.  Prior to his deportation, Palacios-Ramirez was convicted in Polk County, Iowa, of theft 5th degree in April 2012, and of domestic abuse and false imprisonment in October 2012.  At the time of his arrest in October 2017, Palacios-Ramirez provided law enforcement a false name and his true identity could not be verified until his fingerprints were analyzed by immigration officials.

Palacios-Ramirez was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge Linda R. Reade.  Palacios-Ramirez was sentenced to 112 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.

Palacios-Ramirez is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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 17-CR-82.

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Updated February 12, 2018