Felon from Mexico sentenced for unlawfully reentering the United States - KTIV News 4 Sioux City IA: News, Weather and Sports

December 1, 2008

Felon from Mexico sentenced for unlawfully reentering the United States

DES MOINES, Iowa (KTIV) - United States Attorney Matt M. Dummermuth announced today that a felon who was convicted of unlawfully reentering the united states was sentenced november 26, 2008, to nearly five years in federal prison.

Martin Clemente Garcia-Diaz, 45, from Mexico, received the prison term after a September 4, 2008, guilty plea to illegally re-entering the united states after being convicted of an aggravated felony.

At the guilty plea, Garcia-Diaz admitted he was illegally in the United States in July 2005 when he was convicted in California of assault by a means likely to produce great bodily injury. Garcia-Diaz also admitted he was removed from the United States to Mexico in May 2006 and again in May 2007. Finally, Garcia-Diaz admitted he unlawfully reentered the United States in November 2007.

Garcia-Diaz was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade. Garcia-Diaz was sentenced to 57 months' imprisonment. A special assessment of $100 was also imposed. Garcia-Diaz was also ordered to be removed from the Untied States upon release from prison. There is no parole in the federal system.

Garcia-Diaz 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 Sean R. Berry and investigated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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