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Sioux City Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Escape from Federal Custody

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Cook was serving a sentence for failing to register as a sex offender

A man who failed to report to a residential reentry center in Sioux City was sentenced on July 22, 2022, to more than 2 years in federal prison.

Charles Lee Cook, age 39, from Sioux City, received the prison term after a February 23, 2022, guilty plea to one count of escape from federal custody.

At the guilty plea, Cook admitted that on December 30, 2021, he signed and dated his Federal Bureau of Prison's furlough paperwork acknowledging the conditions of his furlough.  On January 12, 2022, he departed the Federal Bureau of Prisons Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) Florence located in Florence, Colorado on furlough.  According to the conditions of furlough, he was required to arrive at Dismas Charities, a residential reentry center, halfway house in Sioux City, no later than 10:30 p.m. that evening.  He failed to report.

On January 13, 2022, Dismas Charities notified FCI Florence that Cook did not arrive at Dismas Charities and his whereabouts were unknown.  Cook was arrested by law enforcement at 2800 West 4th Street in Sioux City on January 19, 2022.

After a federal conviction for failure to register as a sex offender, defendant was sentenced to 41 months in prison with 5 years of supervised released on August 29, 2019, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa Case Number CR19-4006. 

Cook was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand. Cook was sentenced to 30 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.

Cook 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 Kevin C. Fletcher and investigated by the United States Marshal’s Service.   

Court file information at

The case file number is 22-CR-4007.

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Updated July 27, 2022

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