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Fort Dodge man sentenced to federal prison for illegal possession of firearm

This news story was published on January 26, 2021.
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SIOUX CITY – A man who illegally possessed a gun was sentenced January 25, 2021, to more than two years in federal prison, including credit for 27 days previously served on a related State of Iowa assault conviction.

Justice Terry, 26, from Fort Dodge, Iowa, received the prison term after a September 18, 2020, guilty plea to prohibited person in possession of a firearm.

Evidence at the hearings showed that as of September 30, 2019, Terry was subject to a court order issued by the Iowa District Court for Wright County on April 29, 2019, restraining him from harassing, stalking, or threatening an intimate partner, that included a finding that Terry was a credible threat to the physical safety of the intimate partner. Also, as of September 30, 2019, Terry was an unlawful user of marijuana and/or methamphetamine. On September 30, 2019, Terry was stopped by law enforcement while driving. During the traffic stop, Terry was found in possession (in the vehicle, under the driver’s seat) of a Taurus .357 magnum revolver, loaded with 3 rounds, plus two small baggies of meth and one small baggie of marijuana and various drug user paraphernalia. Terry was stopped by law enforcement because of reports he had assaulted his girlfriend (a passenger in the vehicle) with a handgun. Terry subsequently pled guilty and was sentenced in the State of Iowa for the assault upon his girlfriend.

Terry was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand. Terry was sentenced to 24 months’ imprisonment. He must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system. Terry is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn S. Wehde and investigated by the Wright County Sheriff’s Office, Fort Dodge Police Department, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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