Dubuque Man Pleads Guilty to Escape from Waterloo Facility

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A Dubuque man who escaped from the Waterloo Residential Facility where he was in custody for a 2006 drug case pled guilty today in federal court in Cedar Rapids.

Dennis Morris Brown, age 63, from Dubuque, Iowa, was convicted of one count of escape from federal custody.

In a plea agreement, Brown admitted that, in 2006, he was convicted of a federal drug offense and was sentenced to 210 months’ imprisonment and a six-year term of supervised release.  Brown had his supervised release revoked in 2021, and, as a new condition of supervised release, he had to serve up to 90 days in a residential reentry center.  On March 20, 2022, he was in still serving his 90-day placement in the Waterloo Residential Reentry Facility when he signed out of the facility to go to church and did not return as required.  On March 24, 2022, Brown turned himself into the Waterloo Police Department as an escapee. 

Sentencing before United States District Court Judge Linda R. Reade will be set in conjunction with a supervised release revocation hearing after a presentence report is prepared.  Brown remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing.  Brown faces a possible maximum sentence of 5 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and 3 years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Patrick Reinert and was investigated by United States Marshals Service. 

Court file information at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl

The case file numbers are 22-CR-2018 and 06-CR-1028.

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