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Illinois Felon who Possessed Firearm Sent to Federal Prison

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

A man who was found with a firearm in Dubuque, Iowa, was sentenced today to more than three years in federal prison.

Lorenzo Lemons, age 29, currently residing in Dubuque, Illinois, received the prison term after a March 18, 2022 guilty plea to being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm.

At the guilty plea, Lemons admitted that on September 13, 2021, he was found in Dubuque, Iowa, in possession of a Springfield XD-9 9mm handgun.  Lemons was previously convicted of residential burglary in Champaign County, Illinois, in 2013, and retail theft in Champaign County, Illinois, in 2015.  On September 13, 2021, Dubuque Police Department officers were conducting surveillance to locate a wanted fugitive.  When they attempted to speak to Lemons, he immediately fled.  He was apprehended and resisted arrest. He was ultimately found with a 9mm firearm in his waistband.

Lemons was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court  Judge C.J. Williams.  Lemons was sentenced to 37 months’ imprisonment and fined $100.  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.

Lemons 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 Liz Dupuich  and investigated by the Dubuque Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 21-cr-1034.

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Updated August 4, 2022

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