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Illinois Man Sentenced to Three Years in Federal Prison for Being a Felon in Possession of Firearms

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

A felon who possessed firearms was sentenced on September 28, 2023, to three years in federal prison.

Jamie Swanson, age 32, of Colona, Illinois, received the sentence after an April 11, 2023, guilty plea to one count of being a felon in possession of firearms.  At the plea hearing, Swanson admitted that, in March 2022, he possessed a pistol after having been convicted of a felony.  The record at the sentencing hearing established that Swanson possessed eight firearms.

Swanson was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by Chief United States District Court Judge Leonard T. Strand.  Swanson was sentenced to 36 months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a two-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.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mark Tremmel and was investigated by the Anamosa Police Department, the Jones County Sheriff’s Office, the Benton County Sheriff’s Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

Court file information is available at

The case file number is CR 22-100.

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Updated September 29, 2023

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