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Iowa Man With Multiple Felony Convictions Sentenced to Six Years in Federal Prison For Illegally Possessing a Gun.

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Koesters, a user of methamphetamine with previous felony convictions for possession of a deadly weapon, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, and forgery, was found in possession of a gun.

A convicted felon who possessed a gun while also using drugs was sentenced to six years in federal prison.

Curtis Eugene Koesters, age 40, received the prison term after a February 20, 2020 guilty plea to one count of possession of a firearm by a felon and a drug user.

Evidence presented at the change of plea and sentencing hearings in this case revealed that defendant was a recidivist drug dealer, with a history of dangerousness, who unlawfully possessed a gun in connection with his felonious drug trafficking activities.  When he was discovered in possession of the gun, he was also in possession of a methamphetamine pipe, approximately 7 grams of methamphetamine, $561 in US Currency, a syringe containing methamphetamine, and a digital scale, among other items.

Koesters was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand.  Koesters was sentenced to 72 months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a 3-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Koesters is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

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 /media/1122011/download?inline.

The case was investigated by the Sioux City Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Forde Fairchild.

Court file information at

The case file number is 19-CR-4078.

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Updated August 25, 2020

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