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Dubuque Felon Sentenced for New Firearm Crime and Supervised Release Violation

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

A man who was on federal supervised release for a 2017 firearms crime and was later found with drugs and a gun was sentenced on July 28,2023, to more than 4 years in federal prison.

Kyle Leick, age 33, from Dubuque, Iowa, received the prison term after a January 30, 2023, guilty plea to one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, and an admission to violating his federal release terms.

At the guilty plea and in the supervised release revocation hearing, Leick admitted that on July 10, 2022, he was on federal supervised release from a 2017 firearms conviction when police responded to his residence and found him in possession of a loaded gun, cocaine and other drugs, along with drug dealing paraphernalia.  Leick also admitted numerous other violations of supervised release including missing drug tests, using drugs, committing new crimes while on supervision and absconding from supervision. 

Leick was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Leick was sentenced to a total of 52 months’ imprisonment, comprised of 34 months’ imprisonment for his new crime and an additional 18 months’ imprisonment for his violation of the terms of his supervised release.  Leick must also serve a 3-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.      

Leick 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 Patrick Reinert and investigated by the Dubuque Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. 

Court file information at

The case file numbers are 22-CR-01041 and 17-CR-01051.

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Updated July 31, 2023

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