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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Northern District of Iowa

For Immediate Release

November 26, 2012

Sean R. Berry, United States Attorney

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

Felon Convicted of Firearms Possession Sent to Federal Prison

Jason Emery Dodd, age 38, from Woden, Iowa, was sentenced to federal prison after a plea of guilty on July 23, 2012, to one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Dodd had been convicted of two previous felonies including theft in the second degree in Iowa in 2003, and arson in Tennessee in 1994.

Dodd possessed a handgun and ammunition on February 17, 2011. The handgun was found in Dodd’s possession pursuant to a search warrant executed on Dodd’s vehicle. The search warrant issued after a report was filed with law enforcement by Dodd’s common–law wife that her handgun had been stolen. Dodd had been seen wearing the handgun on his person, carrying it, and firing it. The handgun was located behind the drivers seat, inside of a black nylon case. It was fully loaded with six rounds of ammunition and the model and serial number matched the firearm that had been reported stolen by defendant’s wife.

Dodd was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett. Dodd was sentenced to 6 months’ imprisonment. A special assessment of $100 was imposed. There is no parole in the federal system.

Dodd was released on the bond previously set and is to surrender to the {United States Marshal’s on November 26, 2012.

Court file information is available at–bin/
The case file number is CR 12–3004.

This case was prosecuted as 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 Bureau of Alcohol, tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; and the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Forde Fairchild.