Jury Convicts Fort Dodge Man Of Methamphetamine Conspiracy
Contact: Peter Deegan
A man who conspired to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine was convicted by a jury June 19, 2012, after a 1 ½-day trial in federal court in Sioux City.
Kirk Gutknecht, 52, from Fort Dodge, Iowa, was convicted of one count of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine and one count of possession of pseudoephedrine with intent to manufacture methamphetamine. The verdict was returned yesterday following about 2.5 hours of jury deliberations.
The evidence at trial showed that Gutknecht was involved in a conspiracy from September, 2008 through December, 2011 that manufactured and distributed more than 50 grams of actual (pure) methamphetamine. The evidence at trial included that Gutknecht purchased at least 192.96 grams of pseudoephedrine (a precursor for methamphetamine), the majority of which was used for the manufacture of methamphetamine.
Sentencing before United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett will be set after a presentence report is prepared. Gutknecht remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing. On the conspiracy conviction, Gutknecth faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment, a $10,000,000 fine, a special assessment of $100, and at least four years of supervised release following any imprisonment. On the possession of pseudoephedrine conviction, Gutknecht faces a possible maximum sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a special assessment of $100, and not more than three years of supervised release following any imprisonment.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn S. Wehde and was investigated by the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Fort Dodge Police Department, Webster County Sheriff’s Office, and Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.
Court file information is available at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl. The case file number is 11-3047.