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

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa

A Mexican man who illegally returned to the United States was sentenced today to three months in federal prison.

Alberto Garrido-Garrido, age 40, a citizen of Mexico illegally present in the United States and residing in Patch Grove, Wisconsin, 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, Garrido-Garrido admitted he had previously been deported from the United States on December 26, 2010, and that he illegally reentered the United States without the permission of the United States government.  Garrido-Garrido was also granted voluntary returns to Mexico in April 2004 and June 2009.  On December 13, 2017, Garrido-Garrido was found by immigration officers at the Clayton County Jail in Elkader, Iowa, where he was serving jail time associated with a November 2007 conviction for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.  Garrido-Garrido violated the terms of his probation on the 2007 conviction and absconded from supervision in January 2008.  Garrido-Garrido had also been convicted of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated in Winneshiek County in December 2006.

Garrido-Garrido was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by Chief United States District Court Judge Leonard T. Strand.  Garrido-Garrido was sentenced to 92 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.

Garrido-Garrido 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-1049.

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Updated March 21, 2018