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Council Bluffs Man Sentenced to Prison for Firearm Offense

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

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IOWA – A Council Bluffs man was sentenced on Tuesday, June 29, 2021, by United States District Court Judge Rebecca Goodgame Ebinger to 41 months in prison for felon and drug user in possession of a firearm. The prison term is to be followed by three years of supervised release.

According to court documents, Garrett Duane Hanika, age 33, of Council Bluffs, was attempting to elude officers and speeding -- 60 mph in a 35 mph zone -- down the center turn lanes on Broadway in Council Bluffs until he crashed the vehicle and attempted to run. Hanika was apprehended and a loaded Bryco Amrs, Model 48, .380 caliber pistol was found in his car.

Acting United States Attorney Richard D. Westphal of the Southern District of Iowa made the announcement.

The Council Bluffs Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case.


Rachel J. Scherle

Updated June 30, 2021

Firearms Offenses