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Estherville Woman to Federal Prison for Firearm Conviction

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Holmes had a prior felony conviction for a drug-related offense.

Jodeci Holmes, 22, from Estherville, Iowa, was sentenced on February 1, 2024, to 30 months in federal prison.  Holmes pled guilty September 21, 2023, to being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm.

At the plea and sentencing hearings, evidence showed that on April 1, 2023, in Estherville, Iowa, law enforcement conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in which Holmes was a passenger.  After the officer smelled marijuana from inside the vehicle, a search was conducted where marijuana and a 9mm pistol which belonged to Holmes were found.  Holmes was a marijuana user and had been convicted of felony possession with intent to deliver marijuana.  Both prohibit an individual from possessing a firearm.

Sentencing was held before United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand.  Holmes was sentenced to 30 months’ imprisonment and must serve a term of three years of supervised release following the imprisonment.  There is no parole in the federal system.  Holmes remains in custody of the United States Marshal until she can be transported to a federal prison.

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.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Patrick T. Greenwood and was investigated by Emmet County Sheriff’s Office, Estherville Police Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 23-3008. 

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Updated February 5, 2024

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