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

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 eight months in federal prison.

Ramon Rodriguez-Perez, age 34, a citizen of Mexico illegally present in the United States and residing in Storm Lake, Iowa, received the prison term after a guilty plea on January 13, 2021, to one count of illegal reentry into the United States.

At the guilty plea, Rodriguez-Perez admitted he had previously been deported from the United States and illegally reentered the United States without the permission of the United States government.  Rodriguez-Perez was previously deported in November 2016 and April 2017.  Rodriguez-Perez was convicted in a Texas federal court in April 2017 of illegal entry into the United States, a misdemeanor.  He was also convicted in Iowa in 2014 and 2015 for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (OWI).  Rodriguez-Perez most recently came to the attention of immigration agents following an arrest in Winneshiek County, Iowa, on state charges in November 2020.

Rodriguez-Perez was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Rodriguez-Perez was sentenced to eight 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.

Rodriguez-Perez 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 20-CR-2059.

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Updated March 17, 2021