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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 on April 16, 2024, in federal court in Cedar Rapids.

Casey Duhme, age 34, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was convicted of one count of escape from federal custody.  At the plea hearing, Duhme admitted that he was in custody at the Hinzman Center under a federal court order pursuant to his prior conviction for conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.  Duhme admitted that, between June 12, 2023, and August 31, 2023, 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.  Duhme remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing.  Duhme 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 and the Northern Iowa Fugitive Task Force.

Court file information is available at

The case file number is CR 24-20.

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Updated April 17, 2024

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