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A man with a domestic abuse conviction who then possessed ammunition was sentenced today to almost four years in federal prison.

Brandon Snater, age 30, from Mason City, Iowa, received the prison term after a September 16, 2010, guilty plea to being a domestic violence misdemeanant in possession of ammunition.

Snater was convicted of the misdemeanor crime of Domestic Assault ñ 2nd Offense in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, on February 26, 2010. On April 3, 2010, it was reported he went to the home of the woman he had previously assaulted and fired three shots in front of her house. A search of Snater’s residence that day did not turn up a gun, but 18 rounds of ammunition were found.

Under federal law, it is illegal for someone who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence to possess a firearm or ammunition. Iowa enacted a similar law effective July 1, 2010.

Snater was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade. Snater was sentenced to 46 months’ imprisonment, and a special assessment of $100 was imposed. He must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.

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

This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Bob Teig as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a cooperative local, state, and federal program aimed at the enhanced prosecution of gun crimes. The case was investigated by the Mason City Police Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

Court file information is available at The case file number is CR 10-3026.|

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