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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives


Northern District of Iowa

For Immediate Release

October 31, 2012

Sean R. Berry, United States Attorney

Contact: Timothy Duax, Public Information Officer
(712) 255-6011

Twice–Convicted Felon Sentenced to Federal Prison

An Ida Grove, Iowa, man was sentenced October 30, 2012, to five years in federal prison.

Nicholas William Siemering, 28, from Ida Grove, Iowa, received the prison term after June 25, 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 Siemering’s change of plea hearing and sentencing reveal that between 2009 and December 12, 2011, despite being previously convicted of two felonies, each of which precluded him from lawfully possessing any firearm or ammunition under Iowa and federal law – he possessed firearms and ammunition. His possession was discovered when, on June 20, 2010, Siemering pawned a rifle. A search warrant was executed at Siemering’s home and another rifle with one round in the chamber was discovered. Later Siemering admitted to stealing six additional firearms from homes in Ida County. He also admitted these weapons had not been discovered because he had learned of the warrant’s execution and hid the weapons at another location.

Siemering was convicted of Burglary in the Second Degree in Iowa in 2003, and Burglary in the Third Degree in Iowa in 2003.

Siemering was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Donald E. O’Brien. Siemering was sentenced to 60 months’ imprisonment. A special assessment of $100 was imposed. He must also serve a 3–year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.

Siemering 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 12–4018.

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 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; Ida County Sheriff’s Office; and the Ida Grove Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Forde Fairchild.