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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Northern District of Iowa

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For Immediate Release

April 15, 2013

Sean R. Berry, Acting United States Attorney

Contact: Timothy Duax, Public Information Officer
(712) 255-6011
timothy.duax@usdoj.gov

South Sioux City Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Interstate Stalking, Absconding and Firearms Charges

A convicted felon from South Sioux City, Nebraska who tried to escape justice by fleeing to Mexico after being released on pre-trial supervision by the Court, was sentenced on April 11, 2013, to more than 4 years in federal prison.

Ralph Rogers, age 25, from South Sioux City, Nebraska, received the prison term after a November 30, 2012, jury verdict finding him guilty of interstate stalking and
using a weapon to commit interstate stalking, and a September 7, 2012, guilty plea in which he admitted being a felon in possession of a firearm and failing to appear after a pre-trial release. The jury acquitted him of kidnaping and possessing a firearm in furtherance of the kidnaping.

Evidence presented at trial, the plea and the sentencing hearings revealed: on December 5, 2012, Rogers was tracking his estranged wife’s movements with a GPS application that he had secretly placed on her car while she was at work. When her car came to a stop at her new residence, Rogers armed himself with a handgun, drove from Iowa to Nebraska, entered her home without permission, punched, kicked, and pistol-whipped one of the three people in the house at the time, and transported her to Roger’s home in Iowa where he further assaulted her.

During the investigation of this crime it was discovered Rogers was a felon, and therefore prohibited from possessing the pistol he used in the stalking, as well as the
rifle and ammunition found at his home pursuant to a search warrant.

After his initial appearance and arraignment on the above-referenced charges, defendant, who had been released on pre-trial supervision, fled to Mexico. In February 2012, defendant was arrested by Mexican authorities and returned to the United States.

Rogers was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Donald E. O’Brien. Rogers was sentenced to 57 months’ imprisonment. A special assessment of $300 was imposed. He must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.

“Our nation recognizes April as Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. This case serves as a solemn reminder that we must all work together to stop violence against women before it starts and get victims the support they need,” said United States Attorney, Sean R. Berry.

“Our nation recognizes April as Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. This case serves as a solemn reminder that we must all work together to stop violence against women before it starts and get victims the support they need,” said United States Attorney, Sean R. Berry.

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

Court file information is available at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl. The case file number is 11-4022.

The case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a cooperative local, state, and federal program aimed at the enhanced prosecution of gun crimes. The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; United States Marshal’s Service, the Dakota County, Nebraska, Sheriff’s Office, and the Sioux City, Iowa, Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Forde Fairchild.

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