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Cedar Rapids Man Pleads Guilty to Escape from Federal Custody

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

A man who escaped from custody in the Gerald R. Hinzman Center pled guilty today in federal court in Cedar Rapids.

Justin Troendle, age 34, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was convicted of one count of escape from federal custody.  At the plea hearing, Troendle admitted that, in May 2020, he was in custody at the Hinzman Center under a federal court order pursuant to his prior conviction for failure to register as a sex offender.  Troendle admitted that, between May 5 and May 15, 2020, he left custody without authorization by failing to return to the Hinzman Center as required.

Sentencing before United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams will be set after a presentence report is prepared.  Troendle remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing.  Troendle faces a possible maximum sentence of five years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and three years of supervised release following any imprisonment. 

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mark Tremmel and was investigated by the United States Marshals Service, the Northern Iowa Fugitive Task Force, and the Cedar Rapids Police Department.

Court file information is available at  The case file number is CR 20-87.

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Updated February 26, 2021

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