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Iowa Felony Sentences

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Felony charges in Iowa come in 4 different classes, with different penalties depending upon the class of felony and the charge.  This article addresses those felony sentences in Iowa.


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Class A felony in Iowa

Class A felonies in Iowa, which include 1st Degree Murder, are the most serious crimes.  The prison sentence for a Class A felony in Iowa is life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Class B felony in Iowa


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Class B felonies in Iowa carry a prison term of 25 years under Iowa law, although the Class B felony crime of 2nd Degree Murder can carry a term of 50 years in prison.  Some Class B felonies have a mandatory minimum (often 70%) which must be served before the person is eligible for parole in Iowa.

Class C felony in Iowa

Class C felonies in Iowa carry a prison term of 10 years in Iowa.  Some Class C felony charges, such as forcible felonies, have a 70% mandatory minimum that a person a must serve before they can be paroled.


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Class D felony in Iowa

Class D felonies in Iowa are the least serious felony class, but they are still a matter to be handled properly.  A class D felony in Iowa carries a prison term of 5 years.


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