Man accused in rash of IC tire slashings sentenced on federal firearms charge

Man accused in rash of IC tire slashings sentenced on federal firearms charge
KCJJ Staff

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says an Iowa City man has been sentenced to three years in prison for firearms and drug offense.

In a news release, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa Marc Krickbaum says Alexander Alvarado, 21, will also have to serve three years of supervised release upon his release from prison. Judge Stephanie Rose handed down the sentence on Tuesday.

Alvarado had pleaded guilty to a charge of Unlawful User of a Controlled Substance in Possession of a Firearm in February. He admitted that during a week in July 2017, he was responsible for shooting at multiple random vehicles and two apartment complexes in Iowa City.

A search of his residence turned up three firearms, one of which authorities say was stolen, as well as several rounds of ammunition, more than 20 grams of marijuana and dozens of miscellaneous pills, including OxyContin and Xanax.

Alvarado was charged locally last November after a series of tire slashings on the southeast side. Police said surveillance video showed him using a pocketknife to cause more than $6300 in damage to 42 vehicles over a three-day period.

He was to be charged with 2nd Degree Criminal Mischief – a class D felony carrying up to five years in prison – and be returned to Johnson County following the conclusion of the federal case. However, it does not appear that charge was ever officially filed and it’s unclear if he will be prosecuted in that case.