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

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.

Odon Mora-Maldonado, age 25,a citizen of Mexico illegally present in the United States and residing in Howard County, Iowa, received the prison term after an October 17, 2022 guilty plea to one count of illegal reentry into the United States after having been deported. 

At the guilty plea, Mora-Maldonado admitted he had previously been deported from the United States and illegally reentered the United States without the permission of the United States government.  Mora-Maldonado was deported in December 2017 after being found in Atlanta, Georgia, by law enforcement officers.  He was also deported in April 2019 following his convictions in Georgia for driving under the influence in November 2018 and for battery-family violence,obstructing/hindering an emergency telephone call, and cruelty to a child less than 18 years of age in February 2019.  On September 29, 2022, immigration officials learned Mora-Maldonado had illegally returned to the United States and found Mora-Maldonado at the Howard County, Iowa, jail following his arrest on state charges.

Mora-Maldonado was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Mora-Maldonado was sentenced to 61 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.

Mora-Maldonado 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 22-CR-2056.

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Updated December 6, 2022