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Carroll, Iowa Man to Federal Prison for Firearm Charge

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Delangel had three prior felony convictions when he was caught in possession of a loaded gun and drugs.

A man who illegally possessed a firearm was sentenced June 24, 2020, to more than 5 years’ in federal prison. 

Marcelino Delangel, 47, from Carroll, Iowa, pled guilty on December 30, 2019, to being a felon in possession of a firearm.  Delangel had been previously convicted of three felony crimes in Mower County, Minnesota, in 2003, 2006 and 2010, respectively.

At the plea and sentencing hearings, evidence showed that Delangel illegally possessed a .22 caliber pistol, which was seized from his vehicle that he was driving when stopped by law enforcement on November 7, 2018.  Also seized from Delangel’s vehicle was 5.2 grams of methamphetamine, Vicodin pills, and a digital scale.  Evidence at the hearing, showed the pistol was loaded with four rounds of ammunition and had been stolen during a burglary in Carroll, Iowa in October 2018.  

Sentencing was held before United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand.  Delangel remains in custody of the United States Marshal until he can be transported to a federal prison.  Delangel was sentenced to 61 months’ plus 17 days’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a term of 3 years of supervised release following the imprisonment.  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.

This case is also part of Project Guardian, the Department of Justice’s signature initiative to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws. Initiated by the Attorney General in the fall of 2019, Project Guardian draws upon the Department’s past successful programs to reduce gun violence; enhances coordination of federal, state, local, and tribal authorities in investigating and prosecuting gun crimes; improves information-sharing by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives when a prohibited individual attempts to purchase a firearm and is denied by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), to include taking appropriate actions when a prospective purchaser is denied by the NICS for mental health reasons; and ensures that federal resources are directed at the criminals posing the greatest threat to our communities. For more information about Project Guardian, please see /media/1122011/download?inline.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn S. Wehde and was investigated by the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, and Carroll, Iowa Police Department.

Court file information at

The case file number is 18-3054.  Follow us on Twitter @USAO_NDIA.

Updated June 25, 2020

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