Burlington man to serve eight years for firearm charge

A 32-year-old Burlington man was sentenced on Jan. 24 to eight years in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a felon, according to a news release from the Southern District of Iowa.

According to public court documents and evidence presented at sentencing, Brandon Allen Haynes was arrested for possessing a loaded pistol and loaded magazines as a felon, after a standoff with law enforcement in Des Moines County on Dec. 15, 2022. Haynes previously had been convicted in state court of two felony charges, which bars him from possessing a firearm.

After completing his term of imprisonment, Haynes will be required to serve three years of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.

U. S. Attorney Richard D. Westphal of the Southern District of Iowa made the announcement. This case was investigated by the Des Moines County Sheriff’s Office, the Burlington Police Department, and the West Burlington Police Department.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. PSN, an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime, is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop 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, the release says.

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