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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Iowa

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Des Moines Man Sentenced to 120 Months in Prison for Felon in Possession of a Firearm

Des Moines, Iowa – On March 13, 2019, Ryan Nicholas Haynes, age 28, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Stephanie M. Rose for Felon in Possession of a Firearm. Haynes was sentenced to 120 months’ imprisonment, to be followed by a three-year term of supervised release.

On November 6, 2018, following a two-day trial, a jury found Ryan Nicholas Haynes, 28, guilty of one count of Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

On July 29, 2017, Haynes was present on a party bus that was stopped for a traffic violation in downtown Des Moines, Iowa. Officers smelled marijuana coming from the bus, so they removed the passengers to investigate further. When Haynes was stepping off the bus, he removed marijuana from his pocket and handed it to one of the officers. A pat-down search of Haynes revealed a firearm in his pants. Before officers could recover the firearm, Haynes ran from them. After a short foot chase, officers apprehended Haynes near 16th Street and Grand Avenue. The firearm was recovered in a flowerbed outside a townhome in the 1600 block of Grand Avenue. This was right next to where Haynes had jumped a fence while running from officers. The firearm was loaded with 14 live rounds of ammunition. It was identified as a Glock, Model 22, .40 caliber handgun.

The case was investigated by the Des Moines Police Department’s Summer Enforcement Team and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

Firearms Offenses
Rachel J. Scherle 515-473-9300
Updated March 19, 2019