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Delaware County Man Sentenced to Thirty Months in Federal Prison for Being a Prohibited Person in Possession of a Firearm

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

A prohibited person who possessed a firearm was sentenced today to 30 months in federal prison.

Matthew Welcher, age 44, of Dundee, received the sentence after an April 19, 2022 guilty plea to one count of being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm.  At the plea hearing, Welcher admitted that, on May 24, 2021, he possessed a Savage Axis 6.5 Creedmoor caliber 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.

Welcher was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Welcher was sentenced to 30 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.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mark Tremmel and was investigated by the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, the Manchester Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

Court file information is available at  The case file number is CR 22-2011.

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Updated October 7, 2022

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