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Sioux City Man Sentenced to 7 Years in Federal Prison for Robbery

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

A Sioux City, Iowa man who brutally robbed a marijuana dealer was sentenced April 5, 2023, to 7 years in federal prison for robbery.

Alejandro Bautista, age 21, from Sioux City, Iowa, received the prison term after an October 24, 2022, guilty plea.

Evidence in the case showed that on October 28, 2020, Bautista tricked a marijuana dealer into allowing him into his home to buy marijuana. Once inside, Bautista shouted a signal and armed gunman entered the home. The marijuana dealer, a 20-year old man, his brother and girlfriend were home at the time, where they were restrained, beaten, brutalized and robbed of marijuana, cash, a firearm and other valuables.

Bautista was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand to 84 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.  Bautista is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

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

Court file information at

The case file number is 21-04029.

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Updated April 14, 2023

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