(DES MOINES) A Coin, Iowa man was sentenced Tuesday to 235 months imprisonment for his involvement in the robbery, carjacking, obstruction of justice and witness tampering, and a consecutive 84 months imprisonment for brandishing a firearm during the carjacking.
Forty three year old Tiran Rodez Casteel was also ordered to serve a five year term of supervised release following release from prison and ordered a $400 special assessment to be paid to the Crime Victim Fund. Restitution was ordered to remain open until the value of the stolen coins can be determined.
In September of 2008, Darlene Eitzen was held at gun point at her rural Page County farm home while Casteel and his son, Devan Casteel, robbed her of a rare and valuable coin collection which she had acquired after her husband’s death.
Federal jurisdiction for the prosecution existed because Casteel had taken Mrs. Eitzen’s car during the robbery, in violation of the federal carjacking statute. While awaiting trial on the federal charges, Casteel attempted to have Mrs. Eitzen killed so she could not testify at his trial. This resulted in additional charges being filed in federal court for obstruction of justice and witness tampering.
United States Attorney Southern District of Iowa