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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Northern District of Iowa

For Immediate Release

September 7, 2012

Stephanie M. Rose, United States Attorney

Contact: Timothy Duax

Four-Time Felon Sentenced to Federal Prison

A Webster City, Iowa, man was sentenced September 5, 2012, to more than three years in federal prison.

Phomma Naenphan, 32, from Webster City, Iowa, received the prison term after a June 20, 2012, guilty plea to possessing a firearm having been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year.

Information provided by the United States at Phomma Naenphan's change of plea hearing and sentencing reveal that on or about June 14, 2011, despite being previously convicted of four felonies – each of which precluded him from lawfully possessing any firearm or ammunition under Iowa and federal law – he possessed a semi-automatic
handgun, handgun ammunition, and shotgun ammunition. The ammunition was found in Naenphan's car and home. The firearm was found in his home. Marijuana, MDMA (Ecstasy pills), methamphetamine, scales, baggies, and pipes were also found in the house. The United States also revealed Naenphan currently owes more than $18,000 in child support payments.

Naenphan was convicted of Escape from a Jail, Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, and Receiving Stolen Property, in California in 2006; Burglary in Iowa in 2000, and Third Degree Burglary in Iowa in 2007.

Naenphan was sentenced on September 5, 2012, in United States District Court in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett. Naenphan was sentenced to forty-two months' imprisonment. Naenphan must serve a 3-year term of supervised release after prison. There is no parole in the federal system. Naenphan was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment.

Naenpha is being held in the United States Marshal's custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

Court file information is available at The case file number is 12-3006.

The case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a cooperative local, state, and federal program aimed at the enhanced prosecution of gun crimes. The case was investigated by the ATF; Webster County Sheriff's Office; and the Webster City Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Forde Fairchild.