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Mexican Man Sentenced to Prison for Illegally Reentering the United States after Two Prior Deportations

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Was Previously Convicted of Distribution of Over Five Pounds of Methamphetamine

A Mexican man who illegally returned to the United States after being deported following a conviction for a drug felony offense was sentenced July 23, 2018, to 27 months in federal prison.

Leonides Osornio-Torres, age 45, a citizen of Mexico illegally present in the United States and residing in Waterloo, Iowa, received the prison term after a May 7, 2018, guilty plea to one count of illegal reentry into the United States after having been convicted of an aggravated felony offense.

At the guilty plea, Osornio-Torres admitted he had previously been deported from the United States on July 22, 2011, and again on November 6, 2016.  He then illegally reentered the United States without the permission of the United States government.  Osornio-Torres was previously convicted on January 31, 2003, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa of distribution of approximately 5.5 pounds of pure methamphetamine and sentenced to 135 months’ imprisonment.  On February 23, 2018, Osornio-Torres was arrested in Black Hawk County for providing false identification information and public intoxication and was turned over to ICE on March 16, 2018.

Osornio-Torres was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge Linda R. Reade.  Osornio-Torres was sentenced to 27 months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a 3-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

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

Court file information at

The case file number is 18-CR-2013-LRR.

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Updated July 24, 2018