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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Northern District of Iowa

For Immediate Release

Thursday, July 7, 2022
Timothy T. Duax
, United States Attorney

Man Who Possessed Methamphetamine and Firearms Sentenced to Federal Prison

A man who possessed over fifteen grams of methamphetamine was sentenced July 6, 2022, to more than five years in federal prison.  Kevin Kautman, age 37, from Dubuque, Iowa, received the prison term after a March 1, 2022 guilty plea to possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

In a plea agreement, Kautman admitted that in December 2020, he was living in Dubuque, Iowa.  Law enforcement obtained and executed a search warrant for his residence.  Inside Kautman’s bedroom, police located a .45 caliber pistol, a stolen shotgun, a wide variety of ammunition, over 15 grams of methamphetamine, counterfeit money, digital scales, marijuana, and other narcotic-related items.  At sentencing, the evidence showed that Kautman had a lengthy criminal history with convictions for domestic abuse, assault, harassment, and violating a no contact order.  Kautman also threatened his roommate with a firearm.      

Kautman was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Kautman was sentenced to 66 months’ imprisonment and fined $100.  He must also serve a five-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.  Kautman 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 Liz Dupuich and investigated by the Dubuque Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  Court file information at  The case file number is 21-cr-1028.

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