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Dubuque Man Sentenced to Eight Years in Federal Prison for Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm

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

A felon who possessed a firearm was sentenced December 4, 2023, to eight years in federal prison.

Rosnel Larose, age 32, of Dubuque, received the sentence after a June 20, 2023, guilty plea to one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.  At the plea hearing, Larose admitted that, in January 2022, he possessed a pistol after having been convicted of eleven felonies.

Larose was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Larose was sentenced to 96 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 was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mark Tremmel and was investigated by the Dubuque Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

Court file information is available at  The case file number is CR 22-1044.

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Updated December 5, 2023

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