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Armed Robber of Country Store in Denison, Iowa Sentenced to 17 Years in Federal Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa

A man who robbed the Country Store in Denison, Iowa, was sentenced August 4, 2022, to 17 years in federal prison.

Nhial Biliew, age 24, from Denison, Iowa, received the prison term after a guilty plea to one count of interference with commerce by robbery.

Evidence in the case revealed on June 23, 2020, Biliew used a gun to rob the Country Store in Denison, Iowa.  Biliew had previously been convicted for (1) Interference with Official Acts; (2) Theft, in the 4th Degree; (3) Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; (4) Providing False Identification Information; and (5) Criminal Mischief in the 5th Degree. 

Biliew was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand to 204 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.

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

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN).  PSN is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

The case was investigated by Denison, Iowa Police Department, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Crawford County Sherriff’s Office.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Forde Fairchild.   

Court file information at

The case file number is 21-CR-04034.

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Updated August 4, 2022

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