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Mexican Man Sentenced to Prison for Illegally Reentering the United States

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

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

Pedro Macias-Torres, age 38, a citizen of Mexico illegally present in the United States and residing in Postville, Iowa, received the prison term after an August 21, 2018, guilty plea to one count of illegal reentry into the United States.

At the guilty plea, Macias-Torres admitted he had previously been deported from the United States in April 2002 and illegally reentered the United States without the permission of the United States government.  Macias-Torres was found by immigration agents at the Fayette County, Iowa, jail in July 2018 after Macias-Torres was arrested for traffic violations.  Macias-Torres has prior convictions for operating while intoxicated in Des Moines County, Iowa in 2002, and Allamakee County, Iowa in 2007.

Macias-Torres was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Macias-Torres was sentenced to 121 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.

Macias-Torres 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 Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 18-CR-2037-CJW.  Follow us on Twitter @USAO_NDIA.

Updated November 26, 2018