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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Friday, October 2, 2015
Kevin W. Techau
, United States Attorney
Contact: Steve Young

Fort Dodge Felon in Possession of a Firearm to Federal Prison

A man who illegally possessed a firearm and ammunition was sentenced September 29, 2015, to nine years in federal prison.

Bruce Jeffers, 54, from Fort Dodge, Iowa, received the prison term after a July 7, 2014, guilty plea to one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of being a felon in possession of ammunition.  Jeffers was previously convicted of voluntary manslaughter, arson of a home, and evading an officer with willful disregard.

On August 5, 2013, Fort Dodge, Iowa, police officers were dispatched to a domestic disturbance involving a firearm.  Minutes later, Jeffers was located by Ft. Dodge Police Officers as he was pulling into the garage at his residence.  Located in plain view on the front seat of Jeffers’ truck were live rounds of .380 caliber ammunition. The loaded black Kel Tec .380 pistol was located several feet from Jeffers’ driveway.  During Jeffers’ arrest and booking, he attempted to conceal and discard additional .380 caliber rounds of ammunition in the booking area of the jail.

Jeffers was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett.  Jeffers was sentenced to 108 months’ imprisonment.  A special assessment of $200 was imposed.  He must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.  Jeffers 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 Jamie Bowers and investigated by the Fort Dodge Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. 

Court file information is available at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl.  The case file number is 13-3033.

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