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Escape From Federal Custody Results in Longer Sentence

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

A man who escaped from custody while serving a federal sentence in the Gerald R. Hinzman Center was sentenced August 26, 2019, to serve an additional four months in federal prison.

Shaquandis Thurmond, age 25, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the prison term after a May 10, 2019 guilty plea to escape from federal custody.

In a plea agreement, Thurmond admitted he was in the Gerald R. Hinzman Center in Cedar Rapids pursuant to an August 3, 2018, federal court order issued for a supervised release violation following his previous conviction in a firearms case.  On August 26, 2018, Thurmond left the facility claiming he was going to a local church.  Thurmond remained a fugitive until his arrest on March 18, 2019, when he was found by the University of Northern Iowa Police Department. 

Thurmond was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Thurmond was sentenced to four months’ imprisonment to be served consecutively with the 12 month sentence Thurmond received for his supervised release revocation.  He must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Thurmond 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 J. Reinert and investigated by the United States Marshals Service and the Northern Iowa Fugitive Task Force, with the assistance of the University of Northern Iowa Police Department. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 19-CR-00035.

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Updated August 27, 2019

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