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Southwest City Man Sentenced for Illegally Reentering U.S.

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Missouri

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Mexican national was sentenced in federal court today for illegally reentering the United States after having been deported.

Isaac Elias Rodriguez-Nava, 27, a citizen of Mexico residing in Southwest City, Mo., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes to four years and nine months in federal prison without parole.

Rodriguez-Nava, who pleaded guilty on Dec. 11, 2013, was arrested at the Tyson Foods plant in Noel, Mo., where he was employed. Rodriguez-Nava came to the attention of federal law enforcement after his fingerprints were taken at the Southwest City jail when he was arrested for driving without a valid license.

Rodriguez-Nava was deported from the United States on Jan. 5, 2012, after serving a prison sentence in Texas for aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon and possession of a controlled substance.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven M. Mohlhenrich. It was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).

Updated January 9, 2015