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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Northern District of Iowa

For Immediate Release

September 1, 2011

Stephanie M. Rose, United States Attorney

Contact: Tim Duax
(712) 255-6011

Twice Convicted Felon Sentenced to Federal Prison After Firearm Conviction

A Sioux City man was sentenced August 30, 2011, to over 4 years in federal prison for his illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Valon Jackson, age 26, of Sioux City, Iowa, received his prison term after a March 28, 2011, guilty plea to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Jackson had previously been convicted in Cook County, Illinois, in 2003 of Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon and of Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Information provided by the United States at the sentencing and change of plea hearings revealed that Valon Junior Jackson shot a man three times with a .357 caliber Smith and Wesson handgun, with the confessed intent of hurting the man. Jackson attempted to conceal his activity with a homemade silencer. About a month later, while armed with the loaded .357 handgun, Jackson fled from Woodbury County Sheriff’s Deputies as they attempted to place him in custody for an unrelated matter.

Jackson was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett. Jackson was sentenced to 57 months’ imprisonment. A special assessment of $100 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. Jackson 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 11–4010.

The case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a cooperative local, state, and federal program aimed at the enhanced prosecution of gun crimes. This case was investigated by the special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, deputies of the Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office, and officers of the Sioux City, Iowa Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Forde Fairchild.