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Iowa City Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Federal Prison for Conspiracy and Distribution of Meth Resulting in Death

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

DAVENPORT, IA – Eric Johnathan Hojka, age 50 of Iowa City, was sentenced on Monday, September 26, 2022, to 240 months in prison following his plea to charges of Conspiracy to Distribute 50 Grams or More of Methamphetamine and Distribution of a Mixture or Substance Containing a Detectable Amount of Methamphetamine Resulting in Death.

According to court documents, first responders went to Hojka’s Iowa City apartment in reference to an unconscious man. Paramedics were unable to revive the man and he was pronounced dead. An investigation revealed the man had ingested methamphetamine he received from Hojka and had died from methamphetamine intoxication. Hojka had been obtaining methamphetamine for several months and was distributing it.

United States Attorney Richard D. Westphal of the Southern District of Iowa made the announcement. The Iowa City Police Department and the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office investigated the case.


MacKenzie Tubbs

Updated September 27, 2022

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