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Delaware County Man Charged with Being a Prohibited Person in Possession of a Firearm

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

Matthew Welcher, age 43, of Dundee, Iowa, has been charged with being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm.  The charge is contained in an Indictment unsealed on March 7, 2022, in United States District Court in Cedar Rapids.  

The Indictment alleges that, in May 2021, Welcher possessed a rifle after having been convicted of two felonies and a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence and while he was subject to a no contact order. 

If convicted, Welcher faces a possible maximum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and three years on supervised release following any imprisonment.

Welcher appeared for a detention hearing today in federal court in Cedar Rapids and was held without bond.  Welcher’s next appearance for trial is set for May 9, 2022.

As with any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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 being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mark Tremmel and is being investigated by the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

Court file information is available at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl

The case file number is CR 22-2011.

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Updated March 11, 2022

Topics
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Firearms Offenses