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Three-Year Crime Spree Ends With Firearm Conviction and Federal Imprisonment

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

A man who illegally possessed a firearm as a felon on multiple occasions was sentenced March 15, to 8 years in federal prison. 

Carter Brinkerhoff, 28, from Sioux City, received the prison term after a guilty plea to one count of felon in possession of a firearm.

Evidence in the case showed that on May 4, 2019, August 20, 2020, and June 27, 2021, Brinkerhoff knowingly possessed three separate firearms. Each of the occasions were discovered when law enforcement responded to allegations of other crimes of violence involving Brinkerhoff.

Brinkerhoff was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand, to 96 months imprisonment. He must also serve a 3-year term of supervised release after the prison term and pay a $100 special assessment fee.  There is no parole in the federal system.

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.

Brinkerhoff 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 Rock Valley, Iowa Police Department, Dennison, Iowa Police Department, Sioux City, Iowa Police Department, Tri-State Drug Task Force, the DEA and the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Forde Fairchild.

Court file information at

The case file number is 22-04040.

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Updated March 21, 2023

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