Placing an Incendiary Device on Another’s Property Leads to Federal Prison for Iowa Man


A man who placed an incendiary device on the property of another was sentenced September 7, 2021, to more than three years in federal prison.

Aaron Hinke, age 46, from Bellevue, Iowa, received the prison term after a March 22, 2021 guilty plea to possession of a national firearms act destructive device not registered to possessor. 

Information disclosed at a prior hearing showed that, on September 6, 2020, Hinke placed an incendiary device on the property of a homeowner in La Motte, Iowa.  The incendiary device consisted of a cigarette, firework, and a long firework fuse that was taped to a small gasoline container that contained a gasoline/oil mixture.  The incendiary device was later found by the homeowner’s five-year-old child. 

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Hinke was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Hinke was sentenced to 37 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.

Hinke is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dillan Edwards and investigated by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 21-CR-01006.

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