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Sioux Center Man Sentenced to Over Four Years in Federal Prison for Firearms Offense

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Jager, a user of illegal drugs, obtained the guns in three separate burglaries.

An unlawful drug user who possessed more than a dozen guns was sentenced August 18, 2021 to more than four years in federal prison.

Derrick Jager, age 19, from Sioux Center, Iowa, received the prison term after a March 19, 2021 guilty plea to one count of being an unlawful drug user in possession of a firearm.

Evidence at Jager’s detention, change of plea, and sentencing hearings revealed that Jager, who was an unlawful user of marijuana and cocaine, stole a dozen guns from a local licensed firearms dealer in three separate burglaries.  Jager illegally disposed of these guns while also trafficking illegal drugs.

Jager was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand.  Jager was sentenced to 54 months’ imprisonment.  He was ordered to pay $4,400 in restitution.  He must also serve a 2-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Jager 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 O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office, Sioux Center, Iowa Police Department, Sioux County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Department of Justice – Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Forde Fairchild. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 20-4070.

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Updated August 23, 2021

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