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Des Moines Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Firearm Offense

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

DES MOINES, Iowa – Eric Romun Hill, age 46, of Des Moines, was sentenced today in federal court to 10 years in prison for possession of a firearm as a felon. He was ordered to serve a term of supervised release, to follow his prison term, of three years; pay a $100 special assessment to the Crime Victims’ Fund; and forfeit any interest in the firearms he possessed.

According to court documents, Hill unlawfully possessed a .45 caliber pistol and a stolen 12-gauge shotgun on August 30, 2020. The sentence imposed by United States District Court Senior Judge James E. Gritzner took into consideration Hill’s criminal history – which included two convictions for violent crimes and, in the current matter, the reckless discharge of firearms in proximity to others in a Des Moines residential neighborhood. Following Hill’s actions on August 30, 2020, Hill removed a GPS monitoring device he was ordered to wear as a condition of parole for a state conviction. He remained at large until he was located and arrested five months later.

U.S. Attorney Richard D. Westphal of the Southern District of Iowa made the announcement. The Des Moines Police Department investigated the case with assistance of the Iowa Department of Public Safety, Division of Criminal Investigation, and the Fifth Judicial District, Department of Correctional Services.


Rachel J. Scherle

Updated April 12, 2022

Firearms Offenses