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Jury convicts Kossuth County man for illegally possessing firearm

A man who illegally possessed a firearm was convicted by a jury on April 21, 2011, after an 1 ½ -day trial in federal court in Sioux City.

Shawn Krug, 31, from Titonka, (Kossuth County) Iowa, was convicted of illegally possessing a firearm. The verdict was returned following about one hour of jury deliberations.

The evidence at trial showed that Krug possessed a Maverick, 12 gauge Model 88 shotgun. A number of witnesses testified at trial that they saw Krug with the sawed-off shotgun prior to it being seized by law enforcement. The Kossuth County Sheriff’s Office seized the shotgun after it was removed from Krug’s residence on April 27, 2009. Prior to his possession of the firearm, Krug had been convicted of two felony offenses: 3rd degree burglary on June 8, 2004; and assault on a peace officer on September 2, 2003.

Sentencing before United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett will be set after a presentence report is prepared. Krug was taken into custody by the United States Marshal after the verdict was returned, and will remain in custody pending sentencing. Krug faces a possible maximum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a special assessment of $100, and three years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

This case is being prosecuted as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a cooperative local, state and federal program aimed at the enhanced prosecution of gun crimes. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn S. Wehde and was investigated by the Kossuth County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.

Court file information is available at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl. The case file number is CR10-3035.|

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