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Caught in Emmet County

By Staff | Mar 21, 2008

SIOUX CITY–United States Attorney Matt M. Dummermuth announced today that a man who illegally re-entered the United States from Mexico was sentenced on Thursday to 12 months in federal prison.

Jose Miranda-Avalos, 22, from Mexico and living in Estherville, received the prison term after a plea of guilty on Feb. 21, 2008, to one count of illegally re-entering the United States after previously being removed.

At the guilty plea, Miranda-Avalos admitted he illegally re-entered the United States in August of 2007 after he had been removed in January of 2007. Miranda-Avalos was discovered back in the United States in August 2007, when he was arrested in Emmet County and charged with interference with official acts and public intoxication.

Miranda-Avalos was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett to 12 months’ imprisonment. He must also serve one year of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system. Miranda-Avalos will face a removal hearing because of this conviction after he is released from prison.

Miranda-Avalos 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 Kevin Fletcher and investigated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office.