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Sioux City man arrested in February 2021 after police chase sentenced to federal prison

A Sioux City man who has been convicted on several occasions has been sentenced for illegally...
A Sioux City man who has been convicted on several occasions has been sentenced for illegally possessing a firearm.(MGN)
Published: Jan. 14, 2022 at 11:41 AM CST
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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - A three-time convicted Sioux City man has been sentenced to six years in prison for unlawfully possessing a firearm.

According to a press release by federal authorities, 21-year-old Austin Rockwood received the prison term after he pleaded guilty in September 2021 to one count of possession of a firearm by a felon. Rockwood was previously convicted of three separate felony convictions.

The firearm was discovered after a police chase in February 2021. Authorities say on Feb. 11 Rockwood was spotted following an unmarked law enforcement unit. Marked law enforcement units attempted to stop Rockwood’s vehicle, but he fled. He at first eluded officers through reckless driving which endangered the safety of other drivers on the roads.

Later on, authorities say Rockwood abandoned the vehicle, fled on foot with the loaded firearm and hid it in the freshly fallen snow. He was eventually found and taken into custody.

Rockwood’s criminal history includes a 2017 conviction for willful injury causing serious injury, a 2019 conviction for domestic abuse assault, and a 2019 conviction for burglary. 

The United States Marshals have Rockwood in custody as he awaits transportation to federal prison. Once he served his six-year sentence, he’ll have to serve a three-year term of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.

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