Storm Lake, Iowa — A Mexican man who illegally returned to the United States after being deported has been sentenced to eight months in federal prison.
According to the United States Attorney’s Office, 34-year-old Ramon Rodriguez-Perez, who they say is a citizen of Mexico who was illegally present in the United States and was residing in Storm Lake received the prison term after a January guilty plea to one count of illegal reentry into the United States.
At the guilty plea, Rodriguez-Perez admitted he had previously been deported from the United States and illegally reentered the United States without the permission of the United States government. Rodriguez-Perez was previously deported in November 2016 and April 2017.
The US Attorney’s office says he was convicted in a Texas federal court in April 2017 of illegal entry into the United States, a misdemeanor. He was also convicted in Iowa in 2014 and 2015 for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (OWI). Rodriguez-Perez most recently came to the attention of immigration agents following an arrest in Winneshiek County, Iowa, on state charges in November 2020.
Rodriguez-Perez was sentenced by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams to eight months in federal prison. He must also serve a one-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.