Sioux City Man Sentenced to 7 Years In Federal Prison for Illegally Possessing a Firearm

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A man who possessed a firearm as a felon was sentenced today, to 7 years in federal prison.

Lasharbe Hardy, age 26, from Sioux City, Iowa, received the prison term after an April 29, 2022, guilty plea to one count of possession of a firearm by a felon.

Evidence in the case showed during a July 2021, traffic stop Hardy illegally possessed a loaded handgun, 22.5 grams of marijuana in several packages, a digital scale, and unused baggies.  Hardy attempted to flee from the traffic stop and attempted to strike an Iowa State Trooper.

Hardy has a history of violence.  He was previously convicted of felony willful injury for shooting two men, among other crimes.

Hardy was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand to 84 months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a 3-year term of supervised release after the prison term and pay a mandatory $100 special assessment.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Hardy is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

The case was investigated by the Sioux City, Iowa Police Department, the Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office, and the Iowa State Patrol.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Forde Fairchild 

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

The case file number is 21-CR-4072.

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