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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
Previously deported following conviction for using false employment documents

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

Savino Ortiz-Camarillo, Jr., age 36, a citizen of Mexico illegally present in the United States and residing in Decorah, Iowa, received the prison term after a January 18, 2018, guilty plea to one count of illegal reentry into the United States.

At the guilty plea, Ortiz-Camarillo admitted he had previously been deported from the United States on June 4, 2008, and January 30, 2009, and that he illegally reentered the United States without the permission of the United States government.  On November 28, 2017, Ortiz-Camarillo was found by immigration officers following an arrest in Fayette County on traffic violations. 

Ortiz-Camarillo was previously convicted in Allamakee County, Iowa, of making a false report to police in December 2003; in Iowa County, Wisconsin, of hit and run involving injury in December 2007; in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa of using of false employment documents in May 2008; and in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas of illegal entry into the United States in January 2009.

Ortiz-Camarillo was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by Chief United States District Court Judge Leonard T. Strand.  Ortiz-Camarillo was sentenced to eight months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a two-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Ortiz-Camarillo 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 17-CR-2090-LTS.

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Updated May 31, 2018