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Bringing Man’s Best Friend to the Scene of the Crime Leads to Federal Prison Sentence for Nashua Man

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Police Identify a Dog Seen on Security Video Footage from a Burglary, Leading Officers to Finding a Gun and Ammo in Convicted Felon’s Home

A convicted felon who possessed a gun was sentenced August 15, 2019, to one year in federal prison.

Bradley Dean Mohring, age 56, from Nashua, Iowa, received the prison term after an April 5, 2019 guilty plea to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Evidence at a previous hearing showed that in October 2018, officers were investigating a burglary at a co-op in Nashua, Iowa.  During the investigation, officers reviewed video footage from the burglary.  They were able to see a dog present at the time of the burglary.  Police identified the dog as Mohring’s.  Officers then searched Mohring’s home and recovered some of the property stolen in the burglary.  Officers also found a rifle and ammunition.  Mohring was previously convicted of a felony drug trafficking offense in Colorado.

Mohring was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Mohring was sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment   He must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN).  PSN is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

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

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Emily K. Nydle and investigated by the Nashua Police Department and the Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Department. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 19-CR-02002.

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Updated August 22, 2019

Firearms Offenses
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