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Clarksville man pleads guilty to federal gun charge

This news story was published on September 30, 2020.
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SIOUX CITY – A Clarksville man who illegally possessed a gun pled guilty September 24, 2020, in federal court in Sioux City.

Michael Limkemann, 35, Clarksville, IA, was convicted of illegal possession of a firearm as a felon and user of controlled substances. Limkemann was previously convicted of felony drug and weapons crimes which made it illegal for him to possess a gun.

At the plea hearing, Limkemann admitted that sometime in either May or September 2019, Limkemann had given a .22 rifle to another drug user. Limkemann further admitted to possessing the .22 rifle while he was a user of methamphetamine and marijuana.

Sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand will be set after a presentence report is prepared. Limkemann remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing. Limkemann faces a possible maximum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and not more than 3 years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

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.

The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Patrick T. Greenwood and was investigated by Clarksville Police Department, Butler County Sheriff’s Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Enforcement.


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