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Iowa News: Des Moines Man, Ryan Nicholas Haynes Sentenced to 120 Months in Prison for Felon in Possession of a Firearm

Des Moines, Iowa (STL.News) – On March 13, 2019, Ryan Nicholas Haynes, age 28, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Stephanie M. Rose for Felon in Possession of a Firearm. Haynes was sentenced to 120 months’ imprisonment, to be followed by a three-year term of supervised release. On November 6, 2018, following a … Continue reading Iowa News: Des Moines Man, Ryan Nicholas Haynes Sentenced to 120 Months in Prison for Felon in Possession of a Firearm

Iowa News: DES MOINES, Nine Defendants Sentenced to Federal Prison for Sex Trafficking

DES MOINES, Iowa (STL.News) – Between January and March 2019, nine defendants were sentenced to significant prison terms for sex trafficking and related offenses in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa, announced United States Attorney Marc Krickbaum. On March 13, 2019, the last of seven co-defendants charged with sex trafficking … Continue reading Iowa News: DES MOINES, Nine Defendants Sentenced to Federal Prison for Sex Trafficking

Iowa News: Fremont County Man, John Tracy Miller Sentenced for Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (STL.News) – United States Attorney Marc Krickbaum announced on March 14, 2019, John Tracy Miller, age 50, was sentenced by United States Senior District Court Judge James E. Gritzner for Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine. Miller was sentenced to 78 months in prison, to be followed by a term of supervised … Continue reading Iowa News: Fremont County Man, John Tracy Miller Sentenced for Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine

Iowa News: Des Moines Man, Freddie Armando Butler Sentenced to Prison for Threat to Law Enforcement

DES MOINES, Iowa (STL.News) – On March 13, 2019, Freddie Armando Butler, age 31 of Des Moines was sentenced to 24 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release for making a false bomb threat to the Baker County, Oregon Sheriff, announced United States Attorney Marc Krickbaum. Butler was sentenced by … Continue reading Iowa News: Des Moines Man, Freddie Armando Butler Sentenced to Prison for Threat to Law Enforcement

Iowa News: Gov. Reynolds issues disaster proclamation

DES MOINES, Iowa (STL.News) – Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a disaster proclamation today for the State of Iowa in response to flooding and severe weather beginning March 13th and continuing. Earlier today, she activated Iowa’s State Emergency Operations Center to coordinate the response to Iowa’s flooding. The Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEMD) along … Continue reading Iowa News: Gov. Reynolds issues disaster proclamation

Iowa News: Page County Man, Alexander Sterling Potter Milledge Sentenced to Prison for Counterfeiting

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa – United States Attorney Marc Krickbaum announced on March 7, 2019, Alexander Sterling Potter Milledge, age 26, was sentenced by United States Senior District Court Judge Robert W. Pratt for Counterfeiting Federal Reserve Notes. Milledge was sentenced six months in prison, to be followed by a term of supervised release for two … Continue reading Iowa News: Page County Man, Alexander Sterling Potter Milledge Sentenced to Prison for Counterfeiting

Iowa News: Shelby County Man, Andrew Joseph Nielsen Sentenced for Drug and Firearm Offenses

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa – United States Attorney Marc Krickbaum announced on March 7, 2019, Andrew Joseph Nielsen, age 30, was sentenced by United States Senior District Court Judge Robert W. Pratt for Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine and Possession of a Firearm During a Drug Trafficking Crime. Nielsen was sentenced to 180 months in … Continue reading Iowa News: Shelby County Man, Andrew Joseph Nielsen Sentenced for Drug and Firearm Offenses

Iowa News: Guatemalan Man, Victor Morales-Suar Sentenced to Prison for Illegally Reentering the United States After Prior Deportation

Marshalltown, Iowa – Attempted to enter Meskwaki Casino using fraudulent identification. A man who illegally returned to the United States after being deported was sentenced today to almost four months in federal prison. Victor Morales-Suar, age 42, a citizen of Guatemala illegally present in the United States and residing in Marshalltown, Iowa, received the prison … Continue reading Iowa News: Guatemalan Man, Victor Morales-Suar Sentenced to Prison for Illegally Reentering the United States After Prior Deportation

Iowa News: Clemons, Justin Lee Branon Who Distributed Over 17 Pounds of Meth Sentenced to More Than 10 Years in Federal Prison

Clemons, Iowa – A man who distributed more than 17 pounds of ice methamphetamine was sentenced on March 7, 2018, to more than ten years in federal prison. Justin Lee Branon, age 35, from Clemons, Iowa, received the prison term after an August 1, 2018 guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Evidence during the … Continue reading Iowa News: Clemons, Justin Lee Branon Who Distributed Over 17 Pounds of Meth Sentenced to More Than 10 Years in Federal Prison

Iowa News: DAVENPORT, Etcher Family Farms Sentenced for Violating Clean Water Act

DAVENPORT, IA – On February 26, 2019, Etcher Family Farms; Scott Allen Etcher, age 55; and Benjamin Allen Etcher, age 29, of New London, Iowa, were sentenced by United States District Court Judge Stephanie M. Rose after pleading guilty to Discharge of a Pollutant, announced United States Attorney Marc Krickbaum. Etcher Family Farms was sentenced … Continue reading Iowa News: DAVENPORT, Etcher Family Farms Sentenced for Violating Clean Water Act

Iowa News: Omaha Man, Andrew Simet Sentenced for Threatening Judge and Attorney

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa – United States Attorney Marc Krickbaum announced on February 19, 2019, Andrew Simet, 41, of Omaha, was sentenced to nineteen months in prison by United States District Court Chief Judge John A. Jarvey for Interstate Communication of a Threat. Simet was ordered to serve three years of supervised release to follow his … Continue reading Iowa News: Omaha Man, Andrew Simet Sentenced for Threatening Judge and Attorney

Iowa News: Council Bluffs Woman, Jamie Lynn Opalia Sentenced to Prison for Social Security Fraud

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa– On February 19, 2019, United States District Court Chief Judge John A. Jarvey sentenced Jamie Lynn Opalia, age 37, of Council Bluffs, to three months in prison for Social Security Representative Payee fraud, announced United States Attorney Marc Krickbaum. Opalia was ordered to serve three years of supervised release following her prison … Continue reading Iowa News: Council Bluffs Woman, Jamie Lynn Opalia Sentenced to Prison for Social Security Fraud

Iowa News: Des Moines Man, Arthur Tyrone Lee, Jr. Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison for Methamphetamine Distribution and Firearm Offenses

DES MOINES, Iowa – On February 25, 2019, Arthur Tyrone Lee, Jr., age 38, of Des Moines, was sentenced by United States District Court Chief Judge John A. Jarvey to 360 months in prison for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, and felon in … Continue reading Iowa News: Des Moines Man, Arthur Tyrone Lee, Jr. Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison for Methamphetamine Distribution and Firearm Offenses

Iowa News: Former Des Moines Resident, Joel Thomas Augard Sentenced to 40 Years in Prison for Child Pornography Offenses

DES MOINES, Iowa – On February 25, 2019, Joel Thomas Augard, 50, formerly of Des Moines, appeared before United States District Court Chief Judge John A. Jarvey and was sentenced to forty years in prison for two counts of production of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. Augard pleaded guilty to … Continue reading Iowa News: Former Des Moines Resident, Joel Thomas Augard Sentenced to 40 Years in Prison for Child Pornography Offenses

Iowa News: Waukee Man, Jay Robert Sebben Sentenced to 130 Months in Prison for Receipt of Child Pornography

DES MOINES, IA—On January 25, 2019, Jay Robert Sebben, age 41, of Waukee, appeared before United States District Court Judge Rebecca Goodgame Ebinger and was sentenced to 130 months in prison for receipt of child pornography. Sebben pleaded guilty in June 2018 to receipt of child pornography, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, … Continue reading Iowa News: Waukee Man, Jay Robert Sebben Sentenced to 130 Months in Prison for Receipt of Child Pornography

Iowa News: Solon Man, Daniel Lee Stone Sentenced to Federal Prison on Cyberstalking Charge

DAVENPORT, IA – On January 9, 2019, Daniel Lee Stone, age 49, from Solon, Iowa, was sentenced by District Court Chief Judge John A. Jarvey to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to cyberstalking, announced United States Attorney Marc Krickbaum. Stone was ordered to serve one year of supervised release following his prison term, … Continue reading Iowa News: Solon Man, Daniel Lee Stone Sentenced to Federal Prison on Cyberstalking Charge

Iowa News: Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds appoints Michael Hooper as District Court Judge

DES MOINES, IA – Jan. 13, 2019 – Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds today announced her appointment of Michael Hooper as district court judge in the Fourth Judicial District. Hooper, of Atlantic, Iowa, received his undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska-Omaha and his law degree from Creighton University Law School.  He currently serves as the … Continue reading Iowa News: Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds appoints Michael Hooper as District Court Judge

Iowa News: Davenport Man, Eric James Newman Sentenced to 200 Months in Prison for Drug Offense

DAVENPORT, Iowa – On December 20, 2018, Eric James Newman, age 42, of Davenport, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Rebecca Goodgame Ebinger to 200 months in prison, to be followed by ten years of supervised release, for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine, announced United States Attorney Marc Krickbaum. Law enforcement made contact with … Continue reading Iowa News: Davenport Man, Eric James Newman Sentenced to 200 Months in Prison for Drug Offense

Iowa News: Davenport Man, Corey Alan Taylor Sentenced to 210 Months in Prison for Methamphetamine and Firearms Offenses

DAVENPORT, Iowa – On December 18, 2018, Corey Alan Taylor, age 30, of Davenport, was sentenced by United States District Court Chief Judge John A. Jarvey to 210 months in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release for methamphetamine and firearms charges announced United States Attorney Marc Krickbaum. Taylor was arrested after … Continue reading Iowa News: Davenport Man, Corey Alan Taylor Sentenced to 210 Months in Prison for Methamphetamine and Firearms Offenses

Iowa News: Burlington Man, Carlos Jermane Walls Sentenced to 240 Months Imprisonment for Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute and Possession of a Firearm

DAVENPORT, Iowa – On December 20, 2018, Carlos Jermane Walls, age 37, of Burlington, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Rebecca Goodgame Ebinger to 240 months in prison for Possession of Methamphetamine with the Intent to Distribute and 120 months in prison for Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, announced United States … Continue reading Iowa News: Burlington Man, Carlos Jermane Walls Sentenced to 240 Months Imprisonment for Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute and Possession of a Firearm

Iowa News: Davenport Man, Nathaniel Charles Rockwood Sentenced to 210 Months in Prison for Federal Firearms Offense

DAVENPORT, Iowa – On December 26, 2018, Nathaniel Charles Rockwood, age 42, of Davenport, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Rebecca Goodgame Ebinger to 210 months in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release for unlawful possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney Marc Krickbaum. Law enforcement made contact … Continue reading Iowa News: Davenport Man, Nathaniel Charles Rockwood Sentenced to 210 Months in Prison for Federal Firearms Offense

Iowa News: Dubuque Meth User, Patrick Andrew Lugrain Who Possessed a Loaded Firearm During “One Man Crime Spree” Sentenced to Federal Prison

Also Convicted of Eight State Crimes Committed Over Six Months in 2018 Dubuque, Iowa – A man who was convicted of nine crimes committed in the first few months of 2018 was sentenced on December 17, 2018, to more than a year in federal prison. Patrick Andrew Lugrain, age 22, from Dubuque, Iowa, received the … Continue reading Iowa News: Dubuque Meth User, Patrick Andrew Lugrain Who Possessed a Loaded Firearm During “One Man Crime Spree” Sentenced to Federal Prison

Iowa News: Cedar Rapids Felon, Willie B. Hodges II Sentenced to Federal Prison for Possessing a Gun

Had a Prior Conviction for Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm Cedar Rapids, Iowa – A felon and drug user was sentenced December 18, 2018, to six months in federal prison for possessing a gun. Willie B. Hodges II, age 57, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the prison term after a June 25, … Continue reading Iowa News: Cedar Rapids Felon, Willie B. Hodges II Sentenced to Federal Prison for Possessing a Gun

Iowa News: Glenwood Man, Steven Horton Sentenced for Receipt of Child Pornography

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa – United States Attorney Marc Krickbaum announced that on December 6, 2018, 40 year-old Steven Horton was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Stephanie M. Rose to 84 months of imprisonment, to be followed by ten years of supervised release. Horton pled guilty to accessing child pornography on July 24, 2018. Operation … Continue reading Iowa News: Glenwood Man, Steven Horton Sentenced for Receipt of Child Pornography

Iowa News: California Man, David Vogelpohl Charged with Sexual Exploitation of a Child

Cedar Rapids, Ia. – David Vogelpohl, age 21, of Vista, California, has been charged with sexual exploitation of a child. The charge is contained in an Indictment unsealed on December 3, 2018, in United States District Court in Cedar Rapids. The Indictment alleges that, between about August 2018 and October 2018, Vogelpohl persuaded, induced, and enticed … Continue reading Iowa News: California Man, David Vogelpohl Charged with Sexual Exploitation of a Child

Iowa News: Illegal Alien, Luis Gonzalez Esparsa Convicted of Using Another Person’s Social Security Number and Fraudulent “Green Card” to Get a Job

Cedar Rapids, Ia. – A Mexican man who used another person’s social security number and a fraudulent “green card” to get a job was convicted by a jury on November 28, 2018, after a one-day trial in federal court in Cedar Rapids. Luis Gonzalez-Esparsa, age 45, a citizen of Mexico illegally present in the United … Continue reading Iowa News: Illegal Alien, Luis Gonzalez Esparsa Convicted of Using Another Person’s Social Security Number and Fraudulent “Green Card” to Get a Job

Iowa News: Illegal Alien, Adner Toj-Velasquez Convicted of Using Another Person’s Social Security Number

Cedar Rapids, Ia. – A Guatemalan man who used another person’s social security number to complete employment paperwork was convicted by a jury on November 26, 2018, after a one-day trial in federal court in Cedar Rapids. Adner Toj-Velasquez, age 35, a citizen of Guatemala illegally present in the United States and residing in Postville, … Continue reading Iowa News: Illegal Alien, Adner Toj-Velasquez Convicted of Using Another Person’s Social Security Number

Iowa News: “Car Hopping” Lands Felon, Sejuan Walker in Federal Prison for Over Seven Years for Possessing a Stolen Gun

Had Multiple Prior Burglary and Theft Convictions Alburnett, Iowa – A convicted felon who went “car hopping” with others in Alburnett, Iowa, and possessed a stolen gun was sentenced today to more than seven years in federal prison. Sejuan Walker, age 22, from Marion, Iowa, received the prison term after a July 25, 2018, guilty … Continue reading Iowa News: “Car Hopping” Lands Felon, Sejuan Walker in Federal Prison for Over Seven Years for Possessing a Stolen Gun

Iowa News: Two Waverly Men Sentenced to Federal Prison for “Dark Web” Counterfeit Carfentanil Pills

Pills Disguised as Oxycodone Actually Contained Elephant Tranquilizer Waverly, Iowa – Two men who possessed and sold counterfeit carfentanil pills were sentenced today to a total of more than 11 years in federal prison. Cameron James Lensmeyer, age 20, and Evan Paul Sage, age 20, both from Waverly, Iowa, received the prison terms after their … Continue reading Iowa News: Two Waverly Men Sentenced to Federal Prison for “Dark Web” Counterfeit Carfentanil Pills

Iowa News: Orient Man, Carl Jeffrey Campbell Sentenced for Federal Crop Insurance Fraud

DES MOINES, IA – On November 16, 2018, Carl Jeffrey Campbell, age 71, of Orient, Iowa, was sentenced by United States District Court Chief Judge John A. Jarvey to three years of supervised release, with four months of home confinement for making a false statement in connection with federal crop insurance, announced United States Attorney … Continue reading Iowa News: Orient Man, Carl Jeffrey Campbell Sentenced for Federal Crop Insurance Fraud