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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Northern District of Iowa

For Immediate Release

December 5, 2012

Sean R. Berry, United States Attorney

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

Corwith Man with Violent Past Gets Over 5 Years for Firearm Conviction

A Hancock County man who a jury convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition was sentenced on November 30, 2012, to more than 5 years in federal prison.

Jeromy Joseph Ackerman, age 34, of Corwith, Iowa, received the prison term after a jury found him guilty on May 9, 2012, of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. Ackerman had previously been convicted of three felony offenses, consisting of: (1) Assault While Participating in a Felony, (2) Assault on a Jailer Causing Bodily Injury and (3) Manufacturing of Methamphetamine, in Webster County. Also, during this time period Ackerman was physically abusive to his spouse.

Evidence presented at trial and sentencing showed that in the early Spring or Summer of 2010, defendant purchased a handgun and some ammunition. On or about June 19, 2010, defendant retrieved the firearm and ammunition from a hiding place in his home, drove into the countryside with other men, and repeatedly fired the weapon. Also on the 19th or early on June 20th defendant caused the weapon to be reloaded at the Loft bar, where defendant inadvertently left a box of ammunition. When the ammunition was discovered in the Loft bar, it was turned over to law enforcement by the bar owners and sparked the criminal investigation that revealed defendant’s crime.

Ackerman was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett. Ackerman was sentenced to 71 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.

Court file information is available at–bin/
The case file number is CR 11–3033.

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 special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; and the Sheriff and Deputies of the Hancock’s County Sheriff’s Office. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Forde Fairchild.