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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Iowa

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Friday, July 24, 2020

Felon Who Shot At Police During High Speed Chase Sentenced to a Decade in Federal Prison

A man who assaulted his girlfriend before leading police on a high-speed chase was sentenced today to ten years in federal prison.

Richard Dale Ogle, II, age 31, from Eden, North Carolina, received the prison term after a November 12, 2019 guilty plea to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Evidence at the sentencing hearing showed Ogle was on parole after serving a prison term in North Carolina for assault with a deadly weapon which inflected serious injury.  Ogle absconded from parole and moved to Iowa to live with his girlfriend.  On March 16, 2019, Ogle held a gun to his girlfriend’s head and threatened to kill her.  Police responded to the residence and were able to remove the girlfriend from the home.  Ogle then left the residence in a vehicle, driving through the town of Cresco.  When he was near the high school in Cresco, officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop of his car.  Ogle refused to stop and led officers on a high-speed chase through Cresco and continuing into Winneshiek County.  The chase took place over the course of fourteen miles and involved speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour.  During the chase, Ogle shot his gun six times at police.  Ogle eventually stopped his car and was taken into custody by law enforcement.

Ogle was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court C.J. Williams.  Ogle was sentenced to 120 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.

At the sentencing, Judge Williams noted that, “defendant’s serious violent criminal history and high likelihood at reoffending” warranted the statutory maximum sentence. 

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 is also part of Project Guardian, the Department of Justice’s signature initiative to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws. Initiated by the Attorney General in the fall of 2019, Project Guardian draws upon the Department’s past successful programs to reduce gun violence; enhances coordination of federal, state, local, and tribal authorities in investigating and prosecuting gun crimes; improves information-sharing by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives when a prohibited individual attempts to purchase a firearm and is denied by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), to include taking appropriate actions when a prospective purchaser is denied by the NICS for mental health reasons; and ensures that federal resources are directed at the criminals posing the greatest threat to our communities.  For more information about Project Guardian, please see https://www.justice.gov/ag/page/file/1217186/download.

Ogle 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 Lisa C. Williams and investigated by the Cresco Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Howard County Sheriff’s Office, Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office, and the Iowa State Patrol.   

Court file information at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl

The case file number is 19-CR-2041.

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Project Guardian
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Firearms Offenses
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Updated July 24, 2020