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Two Mexican Men Sentenced to Prison for Illegally Reentering the United States After Being Deported

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Puente-Chavez deported three times including twice in 2017. Rodriguez-Hernandez arrested in Iowa 17 days after being deported to Mexico.

Two men who illegally returned to the United States after being deported were sentenced today to federal prison.  Both men were arrested by immigration agents following a traffic stop for speeding in Bremer County, Iowa. 

Alfredo Noe Puente-Chavez, age 34, a citizen of Mexico illegally present in the United States, pled guilty on June 18, 2019, to one count of illegal reentry into the United States after having been deported.  At the guilty plea, Puente-Chavez admitted he had previously been deported from the United States in March 2013, July 2017, and August 2017 and illegally reentered the United States without the permission of the United States government.  Evidence in the cases shows that Puente-Chavez was arrested by the United States Border Patrol on July 13, 2017, and was deported on July 14, 2017.  Puente-Chavez was again arrested by the United States Border Patrol on July 16, 2017, and was deported again on August 15, 2017.  Puente-Chavez has prior misdemeanor convictions in March 2013 and July 2017 for illegal entry into the United States.  Puente-Chavez was also deported to Mexico in October 2010.   

Mauricio Rodriguez-Hernandez, age 27, a citizen of Mexico illegally present in the United States, pled guilty on June 27, 2019, to one count of illegal reentry into the United States after having been deported.  At the guilty plea, Rodriguez-Hernandez admitted he had previously been deported from the United States on April 28, 2019, and illegally reentered the United States without the permission of the United States government.  Rodriguez-Hernandez illegally reentered the United States on May 10, 2019, and was arrested five days later on May 15, 2019, by immigration agents in Bremer County.

Both men were sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand. 

Puente-Chavez was sentenced to four months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a one-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  Puente-Chavez is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

Rodriguez-Hernandez was sentenced to 87 days’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a one-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  Rodriguez-Hernandez is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be turned over to immigration officials.

There is no parole in the federal system.   

The cases were prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel C. Tvedt and investigated by Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations.

Court file information at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl

The case file numbers are 19-CR-2039 and 19-CR-2040.

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Updated August 22, 2019

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Immigration