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South Dakota Man to Federal Prison After Escape from Iowa Residential Facility

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

A man who escaped from federal custody was sentenced March 17, 2023, to 27 months in federal prison.

Anwar Amaya, 32, from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, received the prison term after he pled guilty on October 20, 2022, to escape from federal custody.

Evidence at the plea and sentencing hearings showed that Amaya was sentenced to 27 months’ imprisonment on June 1, 2020, after a federal conviction for possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, in the United States District Court for the District of South Dakota.  On February 7, 2022, Amaya departed a Federal Correctional Complex in Florida on furlough.  According to the conditions of furlough, Amaya was required to arrive at Dismas Charities, a residential reentry center, halfway house in Sioux City, Woodbury County, Iowa, on February 9, 2022.  Amaya did not arrive at Dismas Charities residential reentry center in Sioux City, Iowa as ordered.  On February 17, 2022, Amaya was arrested by Sioux Falls Police Department after responding to a call for service of a burglary in progress. 

Sentencing was held before United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand.  Amaya was sentenced to 27 months’ imprisonment and must serve a 3-year of supervised release following the imprisonment.  There is no parole in the federal system.  Amaya remains in custody of the United States Marshal until he can be transported to a federal prison. 

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Patrick T. Greenwood and was investigated by the United States Marshal Service. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 22-4016.  Follow us on Twitter @USAO_NDIA.

Updated March 22, 2023

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