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Mexican Man Sentenced to Prison for Illegally Reentering the United States After Being Deported

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Was a fugitive from justice for four years

A man who illegally returned to the United States after being deported was sentenced today to 15 months in federal prison.

Jesus Felipe-Urbano, age 25, a citizen of Mexico illegally present in the United States and residing in West Dundee, Illinois, received the prison term after an April 11, 2019, guilty plea to one count of illegal reentry into the United States.

At the guilty plea, Felipe-Urbano 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.  Felipe-Urbano was deported after being convicted in Tama County, Iowa, in December 2010 of Operating While Intoxicated (OWI). 

Felipe-Urbano also has an OWI conviction in Black Hawk County, Iowa, in February 2019 based on an arrest in January 2015.  Felipe-Urbano was convicted in Cook County, Illinois in May 2016 on traffic charges and driving without a license where he provided law enforcement a false name upon his arrest.  The Cook County arrest and conviction occurred while Felipe-Urbano was a fugitive from justice after being released on the January 2015 Black Hawk County OWI charge and then failed to appear for court.  Felipe-Urbano was found by immigration agents in January 2019 at the Black Hawk County Jail after he was arrested for failing to appear for court on the 2015 OWI charge. 

Felipe-Urbano sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Felipe-Urbano was sentenced to 15 months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a one-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Felipe-Urbano is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

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-2012.

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Updated August 22, 2019