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

Pedro Hernandez-Becerra, age 38, a citizen of Mexico illegally present in the United States and residing in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, received the prison term after a November 21, 2019, guilty plea to one count of illegal reentry into the United States.

At the guilty plea, Hernandez-Becerra admitted he had previously been deported from the United States in January 2011 and illegally reentered the United States without the permission of the United States government.  Hernandez-Becerra and other illegal aliens were found by immigration agents in October 2019 after a traffic stop near Wilton, Iowa.  Hernandez-Becerra was previously deported following his conviction in January 2011 in the Western District of Texas for using fraudulent identification documents when he entered the United States in December 2010.  Hernandez-Becerra was also removed from the United States in May 1999.

Hernandez-Becerra was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Hernandez-Becerra was sentenced to 60 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.

Hernandez-Becerra is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can 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 19-CR-119.

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Updated January 3, 2020