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False statement on firearms form lands Iowa man in federal prison


This news story was published on October 3, 2019.
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Federal courthouse, Northern District of Iowa in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS – An Iowa man who falsified ATF forms in order to purchase firearms was sentenced October 2, 2019, to more than a year in federal prison.

Joseph Lamont Thompson, age 24, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the prison term after a May 2, 2019 guilty plea to one count of making a false declaration during the purchase of a firearm.

In a plea agreement, Thompson admitted that between May 2017 and March 2018, he was an unlawful user of heroin.  Thompson also admitted that, between November 2016 and May 2018, he purchased at least 11 firearms in Iowa.  Law enforcement eventually recovered at least four of those guns in the possession of people other than Thompson.  Thompson admitted that he repeatedly falsified ATF forms while purchasing guns.  At sentencing, Thompson admitted that he had sold two of the guns he purchased to a heroin dealer, and that he had purchased one of the guns for another heroin dealer.

Thompson was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Thompson was sentenced to 12 months and one day of imprisonment.  He must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Thompson was released on the bond previously set and is to surrender to the United States Marshal on October 16, 2019.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dan Chatham.

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.

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6 Responses to False statement on firearms form lands Iowa man in federal prison

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 4, 2019 at 9:48 am

    If we had stronger background checks, maybe a 3 day waiting period, and more info on file on this guy, he would not have been able to buy 11 guns. Why does one need 11 guns?

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      Allen Reply Report comment

      October 4, 2019 at 12:03 pm

      He was selling them to his drug dealing buddies/thugs. Ten to one, every one that he sold, had the serial number removed so it couldn’t be traced back to him. You know, when guns are outlawed.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        October 4, 2019 at 4:46 pm

        “Law enforcement eventually recovered at least four of those guns in the possession of people other than Thompson.” So LEOs apparently used the serial numbers from those guns to find the purchaser – Thompson. They work, so why don’t you want to do anything that would help LEOs get guns off the streets?

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          Allen Reply Report comment

          October 4, 2019 at 6:00 pm

          Don’t quite understand this sentence, ” They work, so why don’t you want to do anything that would help LEOs get guns off the streets?”

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    Allen Reply Report comment

    October 3, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    He should get at least 1 year and 1 day for every gun he purchased illegally and sold. Prime example of how criminals will get guns.