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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Northern District of Iowa
Timothy T. Duax, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Dubuque Man Sentenced to Eight Years in Federal Prison for Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — A felon who possessed a firearm was sentenced Dec. 4 to eight years in federal prison.

Rosnel Larose, 32, of Dubuque, received the sentence after a June 20 guilty plea to one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. At the plea hearing, Larose admitted that, in January 2022, he possessed a pistol after having been convicted of 11 felonies.

Larose was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by U.S. District Court Judge C.J. Williams. Larose was sentenced to 96 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. 

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN). PSN is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders works together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develops comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Tremmel and was investigated by the Dubuque Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

Court file information is available at The case file number is CR 22-1044.

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