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Cherokee, Iowa Man Sentenced to 4 Years in Federal Prison for Illegally Possessing More than 30 Firearms

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

A Cherokee, Iowa man who was found to be in possession of 23 firearms, 3 short-barreled rifles and 6 silencers, was sentenced September 11, 2023, to 4 years in federal prison.

Jason Ballou, age 52, from Cherokee, Iowa, received the prison term after an April 27, 2023, guilty plea to possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.

Ballou was found to be in possession of the firearms while law enforcement was executing a state search warrant, investigating another crime.  Ballou was previously convicted of possession of prohibited firearms (a machine gun), and unlawful receipt of unregistered firearms, both in the Northern District of Iowa.

Ballou was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand to 48 months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a 3-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

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

The case was investigated by Cherokee, Iowa Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, (ATF) and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ron Timmons. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 22-4098.

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Updated September 12, 2023

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