Mexican Citizen Living in Independence Sentenced for Illegally Re-entering U.S.

A Mexican man who had previously been deported following a federal conviction for illegally reentering the United States was sentenced today to 11 months in federal prison.

Ranulfo Juarez-Hernandez, age 39, a citizen of Mexico who had been living in Independence, Iowa, received the prison term after a June 29, 2017, guilty plea to one count of illegal reentry of a removed alien after a felony conviction.

At the guilty plea, Juarez-Hernandez admitted he illegally reentered the United States without permission after having been deported from the United States in May 2014 and September 2015.  Prior to his deportation, Juarez-Hernandez was convicted in August 2015 in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa on one count of illegally reentering the United States following deportation, a felony offense.  Juarez-Hernandez had also been convicted of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated in both Washington County, Iowa, in 2006 and in Grundy County, Iowa, in 2016; and domestic abuse assault in Linn County, Iowa, in 2013.  Juarez-Hernandez most recently came to the attention of immigration officials in May 2017 following his arrest for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated in Buchanan County, Iowa.

Juarez-Hernandez was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand.  Juarez-Hernandez was sentenced to 11 months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Juarez-Hernandez is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.