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Waterloo Man Sentenced to Over Nine Years in Federal Prison for Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm

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

A felon who possessed a firearm was sentenced today to 114 months in federal prison.

Lloyd James Allen III, age 29, of Waterloo received the sentence after a January 6, 2022 guilty plea to one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.  At the plea hearing, Allen admitted that, on February 7, 2021, he knowingly possessed a pistol after having been convicted of three crimes punishable by more than one year of imprisonment.  At the sentencing hearing, evidence was introduced that defendant possessed firearms on two other occasions in 2020 and 2021.

Allen was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Allen was sentenced to 114 months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  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.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ashley Corkery and was investigated by the Waterloo Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Court file information is available at

The case file number is CR 21-2067.

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Updated June 6, 2022

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