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Lowden Man Sentenced to Five Years of Federal Prison After Gun Theft During Home Burglary

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

A man who broke into a house and stole an AR‑15-style rifle and marijuana was sentenced today to five years in federal prison.

John Christopher Jacobson, age 23, from Lowden, Iowa, received the prison term after a February 8, 2021 guilty plea to one count of possessing a stole firearm and one count of possessing a firearm as a drug user.

Court records show that in September 2018 Jacobson and an accomplice kicked in the back door of a residence in Springville, Iowa, and stole a Ruger AR‑15‑style rifle, a DVR security system, and marijuana.  Jacobson later claimed he had committed the burglary in retaliation for the man who resided at the home shooting at Jacobson’s truck, which occurred a few days after Jacobson had rear‑ended the man’s vehicle.  The rifle, as well as two other firearms, marijuana, and methamphetamine, were found in Jacobson’s residence.

Jacobson was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Jacobson was sentenced to 60 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.

Jacobson 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.

The case was investigated by the Jones County Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dan Chatham. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 20-CR-00105-CJW-MAR.

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Updated August 6, 2021

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