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Iowa man convicted of unlawful possession of a firearm

CEDAR RAPIDS – A felon who unlawfully possessed two firearms was convicted by a jury today after a two-day trial in federal court in Cedar Rapids.

Daniel Lee Campbell, age 30, from Dubuque, Iowa, was convicted of one count of possession of a firearm by a felon. The verdict was returned this morning following about 50 minutes of jury deliberations.

The evidence at trial showed that around 11:00 p.m. on June 10, 2013, officers from the Dubuque Police Department responded to a 911 call regarding a man with a firearm on Bluff Street. As officers approached the area, they spotted Campbell who matched the description provided in the 911 call. When an officer asked Campbell to stop, Campbell ran away and pulled two guns from his pants. Campbell tossed one gun as he ran through an alley behind a church. Campbell took the second gun and fired a shot over his shoulder at the pursuing officers before tossing the gun into a fenced-in area behind the church. Campbell hid from officers in a trash pile a couple of blocks away before being apprehended around 12:30 a.m. Campbell had previously been convicted in United States District Court in 2007 of providing a false statement to a federal firearms licensee, a felony offense.

Sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge James Gritzner will be set after a presentence report is prepared. Campbell remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing. Campbell faces a possible maximum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, $100 in special assessments, and 3 years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel C. Tvedt and was investigated by the Dubuque Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.

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