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Northern District of Iowa

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Mexican Man Sentenced to Prison for Illegally Returning to the United States Following Prior Deportation

A Mexican man who illegally returned to the United States was sentenced March 1, 2018, to almost 3 months in federal prison.

Luis Godinez-Urbizo, age 35, a citizen of Mexico illegally present in the United States and residing in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the prison term after a January 11, 2018, guilty plea to one count of illegal reentry into the United States.

At the guilty plea, Godinez-Urbizo admitted he had previously been deported from the United States on October 17, 2017, and that he illegally reentered the United States without the permission of the United States government.  On November 20, 2017, Godinez-Urbizo illegally returned to the United States and was found by immigration officers during a traffic stop in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on November 28, 2017.

Godinez-Urbizo was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge Linda R. Reade.  Godinez-Urbizo was sentenced to 80 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.

Godinez-Urbizo 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 17-CR-95.

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Updated March 1, 2018