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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Southern District of Iowa

For Immediate Release

Monday, February 12, 2018
Marc Krickbaum
, United States Attorney
Contact: Rachel JU. Scherle

Des Moines Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Firearms Offense

Shannon Maurice Johnson Used a Third Party to Illegally Purchase Guns

DES MOINES, Iowa – On February 12, 2018, Shannon Maurice Johnson, age 32, of Des Moines, Iowa, appeared before United States District Court Chief Judge John A. Jarvey and was sentenced to 180 months in prison following his plea of guilty to a felon in possession of firearms charge.

According to the plea agreement, Johnson admitted he utilized a third-party, his co-defendant Carolett Leyva, to purchase firearms for him from Des Moines area gun shops, as he was unable to do so because of a prior felony conviction. Defendant was found in possession of one of these firearms during a traffic stop by law enforcement in Illinois in February of 2017. Carolett Leyva is scheduled to be sentenced by Chief Judge Jarvey on February 20, 2018.

This investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Illinois State Patrol, Mid Iowa Narcotics Task Force, and Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

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