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Man Who Escaped From Federal Custody Sentenced to Another Six Months in Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Was in Federal Custody for Prior Conviction Involving Unlawfully Possessing Guns, a High Speed Chase, and an Armed Standoff with Police

A man who escaped from his federal custody at a residential reentry center was sentenced today to another six months in prison.

Franklin Foster, age 27, from Waterloo, Iowa, received the prison term after an October 1, 2019, guilty plea to escape from custody. 

Foster has a long criminal history, including numerous convictions for theft and a conviction for attempted burglary.  Fosters’ first federal conviction and sentence of imprisonment was imposed on September 2, 2014, after he pled guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm.  In that case, police attempted to stop Forster while he was driving a stolen car.  Foster sped away and led officers on a high speed chase through multiple counties.  He eventually stopped, but was then in an armed standoff for about an hour with officers.  After he surrendered, officers found three guns in his possession.  After pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of firearms, Foster was sentenced to 71 months in federal prison. 

On June 8, 2019, Foster was serving the end of his prison term at a residential reentry center in Waterloo, Iowa.  After being told he was going to be punished for violating the rules of the center, Foster left the center and never returned.  He was arrested by the United States Marshal’s Service eight days later.      

Foster was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand.  Foster was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Foster 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 Anthony Morfitt and investigated by the United States Marshals Service. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 19-CR-2057.

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Updated January 16, 2020

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