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Dayton, Iowa Man Pleads Guilty to Illegally Possessing Guns

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Johnson had a prior felony conviction involving methamphetamine.

A man who illegally possessed two handguns pled guilty October 17, 2019, in federal court in Sioux City.

Christopher Johnson, 45, from Dayton, Iowa, was convicted of possession of firearms by a felon.  Johnson was previously convicted of manufacture of methamphetamine and/or possession with intent to manufacture methamphetamine, a felony, in August of 2001, in Boone County, Iowa.

At the plea hearing, Johnson admitted that on May 28, 2017, in Webster County, Iowa, law enforcement officers were dispatched to a residence in Dayton, Iowa, on reports of a person (later identified as Johnson) at the residence under suspicious circumstances.  Law enforcement officers located Johnson nearby (at a residence where Johnson was known to reside) in a barn.  Law enforcement officers located and seized two guns, namely a Ruger .22 caliber pistol and a Jimenez Arms .22 caliber pistol, along with some .22 caliber ammunition from Johnson.

Sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand will be set after a presentence report is prepared.  Johnson remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing.  Johnson faces a possible maximum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and up to 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 Dayton Police Department, Webster County Sheriff’s Office, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 17-3028.  Follow us on Twitter @USAO_NDIA.

Updated October 18, 2019

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