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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Iowa

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Conspirator in Jamal Dean Attempted Escape Attempt Sentenced to Federal Prison On Methamphetamine Charge

A Nebraska woman was sentenced June 26, 2015, to 4 months in federal prison.

Anna Baker, age, 25 from Winnebago, Nebraska, received the prison term after a February 25, 2015 guilty plea to one count of simple possession of methamphetamine.

Facts presented by the United States at her change of plea hearing and sentencing reveal for about three days, starting on April 30, 2013, defendant hid Jamal Dean at her residence on the Winnebago Indian Reservation.  She did so knowing Dean was the subject of a joint state and federal criminal investigation and manhunt.  During this time, defendant relayed information to Dean from other conspirators, provided him methamphetamine, and provided him the use of her phone.

On or about May 14, 2013, defendant lied to federal agents about when she had last seen Dean and who had stayed at her residence.  Additionally, sometime after harboring Dean and before meeting with law enforcement, she deleted the contents of her phone (including text messages).

On February 12, 2015, defendant entered into a plea agreement with the United States admitting her role in the conspiracy.  On February 25, 2015, she pled guilty to a related offense but was allowed to remain at liberty.  After admitting guilt and pleading guilty, defendant continued her criminal conduct and repeatedly violated the terms of her supervision.

Baker was sentenced in Sioux City by United States Magistrate Judge Leonard Strand.  Baker was sentenced to four months’ imprisonment.  A special assessment of $25 was imposed.  She must also serve a one-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

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

The case was prosecuted as a part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a cooperative local, state, and federal program aimed at the enhanced prosecution of gun crimes.  The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Homeland Security Investigations; the Tri-State Drug Task Force, the Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office; the Sioux City Police Department, the United States Marshal’s Service; the Iowa Department of Public Safety; the Nebraska Department of Public Safety; and the Woodbury County Attorney’s Office.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Forde Fairchild.

Court file information is available at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl.  The case file number is 14-4088.

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Updated June 24, 2015