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21-Year-Old Sioux City Man Sentenced to More Than 7 Years in Federal Prison for Illegal Possession of a Firearm

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
LaPointe shot a man in the calf after an argument. Forensic evidence from the crime scene helped identify LaPointe.

A Sioux City man, who shot a man in the calf after an argument, was sentenced January 7, 2022, to more than 7 years in federal prison.

Alejandro LaPointe, also known as, “Lil Aztek” or “Lil Tek”, age 21, from Sioux City, Iowa received the prison term after an August 23, 2021, guilty plea to possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.

Evidence in the case revealed on or about February 10, 2021 a victim told police he had been chased from a residence, subjected to a warning shot, threatened with a gun, and actually shot in the calf as he fled.  The victim identified “Lil Tek” (i.e., LaPointe) as the shooter.  Outside of the residence, where the shooting took place, a blood trail, a mushroomed bullet, and bullet jacket fragment were found.  LaPointe, along with others, was discovered inside the home.  He was shirtless but wearing pants.  He was searched by police and a shell casing was found in LaPointe’s pants.  During a subsequent search of the home, a .357 revolver, wrapped in a shirt, was discovered in a hole in a wall.  A quantity of methamphetamine, and a syringe were also located in other areas of the residence.  Forensic analysis confirmed the .357 revolver had fired the mushroomed bullet and jacket fragment found outside the back door of the residence and was consistent with the spent casing found on LaPointe.  

LaPointe has an extensive criminal history including convictions for Arson, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Absence from Custody, and Eluding a Peace Officer.  The details of these convictions include the fact that LaPointe attempted to burn a gang rival to death in one attack and threw Molotov cocktails during another. 

LaPointe was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand.  LaPointe was sentenced to 90 months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a 3-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

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

The case was investigated by the Sioux City, Iowa Police Department and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Forde Fairchild

Court file information at

The case file number is 21-4033.

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Updated January 20, 2022

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