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Convicted Felon from Dyersville, Iowa, Sentenced to Over Five Years in Federal Prison for Unlawfully Possessing a Gun

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Also Prohibited from Possessing Guns Because He Had Previously Been Convicted of Domestic Violence

A multiple-time convicted felon who unlawfully possessed guns was sentenced today to more than five years in federal prison.

Allen Osterkamp, age 29, from Dyersville, Iowa, received the prison term after a March 5, 2020, guilty plea to being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm.

At the guilty plea, Osterkamp admitted he unlawfully possessed a stolen gun in March 2017.  At the sentencing hearing, Osterkamp admitted he actually possessed more than eight guns around March 2017.  Osterkamp had previously been convicted of multiple felony offenses, including possessing a precursor with intent to manufacture meth, operating a motor vehicle without consent, and multiple convictions for theft.  Osterkamp also had two prior convictions for domestic abuse.

Osterkamp was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Osterkamp was sentenced to 70 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.

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.

This case is also part of Project Guardian, the Department of Justice’s signature initiative to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws. Initiated by the Attorney General in the fall of 2019, Project Guardian draws upon the Department’s past successful programs to reduce gun violence; enhances coordination of federal, state, local, and tribal authorities in investigating and prosecuting gun crimes; improves information-sharing by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives when a prohibited individual attempts to purchase a firearm and is denied by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), to include taking appropriate actions when a prospective purchaser is denied by the NICS for mental health reasons; and ensures that federal resources are directed at the criminals posing the greatest threat to our communities. For more information about Project Guardian, please see /media/1122011/download?inline.

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

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Anthony Morfitt and investigated by the Jones County Sheriff’s Office. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 19-CR-65.

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Updated September 24, 2020

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