Hartley Man to Federal Prison for Illegal Possession of Firearms

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A man who was prohibited from possessing firearms was sentenced on December 8, 2021, in federal court in Sioux City.

Jeremy Walters, 40, from Hartley, Iowa, pled guilty on July 15, 2021, to being a prohibited person in possession of firearms.

At the hearings, evidence was presented to show that Walters possessed two assault-style rifles, one with an extra capacity magazine, on January 28, 2021.  Walters was previously convicted of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, in the Iowa District Court for Clay County, on or about August 23, 2004.  Walters further admitted to being an unlawful user of methamphetamine which prohibited him from possessing guns, and to possession of five ounces of marijuana along with the guns.

Sentencing was held before United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand.  Walters was released to self-report to a federal prison once designated.  Walters was sentenced to one year and one day imprisonment and must also serve a term of two years of supervised release following the imprisonment.  There is no parole in the federal system.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN).  PSN is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn S. Wehde and was investigated by the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, & Firearms, Iowa State Patrol, Iowa DCI, and Tri-State Drug Task Force based in Sioux City, Iowa, that consists of law enforcement personnel from the Drug Enforcement Administration; Sioux City, Iowa, Police Department; Homeland Security Investigations; Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office; South Sioux City, Nebraska, Police Department; Nebraska State Patrol; Iowa National Guard; Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement; United States Marshals Service; South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation; and Woodbury County Attorney’s Office.   

Court file information at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl

The case file number is 21-4022.  Follow us on Twitter @USAO_NDIA.

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