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Press Release

Bellevue Man Sentenced For Firearms Crimes

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa

Terrance Joseph Kilburg, age 48, from Bellevue, Iowa, received a 235-month prison term after an April 14, 2014, guilty plea to one count of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition and one count of possessing unregistered National Firearms Act Weapons.

In a plea agreement, Kilburg admitted he was a felon and possessed fifteen firearms and various forms of ammunition.  Two of these firearms were short barreled, or “sawed-off,” shotguns.  Kilburg also admitted to allowing an individual access to his property to manufacture methamphetamine.  Items associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine were seized from his property during the execution of a search warrant.  While on release pending sentencing, Kilburg fled the Northern District of Iowa and was declared a fugitive from justice.  Kilburg was eventually arrested by the Michigan State Patrol.    

Kilburg was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade.  Kilburg was sentenced to 235 months’ imprisonment.  A special assessment of $200 was imposed and he must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Kilburg is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

The case was prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Lisa C. Williams and investigated by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. 

Court file information is available at  The case file number is 14-cr-1005.

Updated February 19, 2015