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Tama Man Sentenced to Nearly Four Years in Prison for Stabbing His Brother

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Victim was stabbed 10 times

A Tama man who stabbed his brother 10 times was sentenced today to nearly four years in federal prison.  

Victor Arquis Garcia, age 26, from Tama, Iowa, received the prison term after an August 9, 2023, guilty plea to assault causing serious bodily injury.   

Evidence at the plea hearing and sentencing showed that in November 2022, Garcia and his brother were drinking at their residence in Tama, Iowa, when the two became intoxicated.  A fight broke out between the two and Garcia retrieved a knife from the kitchen.  As the two continued to fight, Garcia stabbed his brother ten times resulting in injuries to the brother’s leg, armpit, and stomach.  The victim’s injuries required surgery to repair.  Garcia has a long criminal history including 14 prior criminal convictions. 

Garcia was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams. Garcia was sentenced to 45 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.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ashley Corkery and investigated by the Meskwaki Nation Police Department and the FBI.

Court file information at

The case file number is 23-CR-11.

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Updated January 29, 2024

Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime