Lake City Man to Federal Prison for Firearm Conviction

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A man who illegally possessed a firearm was sentenced on June 28, 2021, in federal court in Sioux City.

Jeffrey Carothers, 52, from Lake City, Iowa, pled guilty on January 19, 2021, to possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.  Carothers was previously convicted of a crime which prohibited him from possessing guns, namely, receiving stolen property, in the Superior Court for the State of California in and for the county of Plumas, on or about November 17, 1995.

At the hearings, Carothers admitted that around April or May 2019, Carothers possessed a stolen 9mm pistol and sold it to another person he knew to be prohibited from possessing a firearm.  Carothers further admitted he was an illegal user of methamphetamine and that on approximately 6 occasions he traded methamphetamine and marijuana for guns over the last 1-2 years, using his home as a “clearing house” of stolen property.

Sentencing was held before United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand.  Carothers was sentenced to 27 months’ imprisonment and must serve a 2-year term of supervised release.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Patrick T. Greenwood and was investigated by the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Lake City Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 20-3018. 

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