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Mexican Man Sentenced for Illegally Returning to the United States Following Deportation

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

A Mexican man who illegally returned to the United States was sentenced February 22, 2018, to almost three months in federal prison.

Jose Luis Nava, age 49, a citizen of Mexico illegally present in the United States and residing in American Falls, Idaho, received the prison term after a December 27, 2017, guilty plea to one count of illegal reentry into the United States.

At the guilty plea, Nava admitted he had previously been deported from the United States in December 2007, and that he illegally reentered the United States without permission of the United States government.  Nava had also been returned to Mexico by immigration officials in 2005.  On November 6, 2017, Nava was found by immigration officers in the Black Hawk County, Iowa, Jail following his arrest for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.

Nava was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand.  Nava was sentenced to 88 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.

Nava 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 17-CR-2088.

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Updated February 23, 2018