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Escaping From Halfway House Leads to Additional Federal Prison Time

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

A Cedar Rapids man who was escaped from federal custody at the Gerald R. Hinzman Center in Cedar Rapids was sentenced to additional time in federal prison on October 29, 2019, in federal court in Cedar Rapids.

Ramius Hardiman, age 26, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the prison term after a June 11, 2019 guilty plea to escape from federal custody.

In a plea agreement, Hardiman admitted that beginning September 14, 2018, he was in federal custody pursuant to federal court order as a condition of his supervised release sentence for being a felon in possession of a firearm.  On November 15, 2018, Hardiman left the facility claiming he was going to work and never returned.  Hardiman was found and arrested in North Liberty, Iowa, on January 9, 2019.  

Hardiman was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Hardiman was sentenced to serve an additional eight months’ imprisonment, which must be served after he finishes serving a fourteen-month term of imprisonment imposed for violating his supervised release.  He must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Patrick Reinert and was investigated by United States Marshals Service and the Northern Iowa Fugitive Task Force, with the assistance of the North Liberty Police Department. 

Court file information at

The case file number is CR-19-00050.

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Updated October 31, 2019

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