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

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Convicted Felon Sentenced to Federal Prison for Possessing a Gun

Moreno had long criminal history including numerous assault convictions.

A two-time felon was sentenced to more than five years in federal prison today.

Roque Moreno, age 38, from Sioux City, Iowa, received the prison term after an November 19, 2018, guilty plea to one count of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.

Evidence produced by the United States at the change of plea and sentencing hearings revealed Moreno had two prior felony convictions, and had used guns to threaten people on two occasions, once dry firing the weapon to scare an individual and on another occasion actually firing the weapon into the ground. Additionally, his criminal history revealed a history of dangerousness including five assault convictions, negligent child abuse, interference with official acts, Operating While Intoxicated, and other offenses.    

Moreno was sentenced in Sioux City by Chief United States District Court Judge Leonard T. Strand.  Moreno was sentenced to 70 months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a 3-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.  Moreno 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 the 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 violence crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.  As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violence offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

The case was investigated by the Sioux City, Iowa Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Forde Fairchild. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 18-CR-04068.

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Firearms Offenses
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Updated May 1, 2019