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Northern District of Iowa

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Dubuque Felon Sent to Prison For 135 Months for Possessing a Firearm

A convicted felon who possessed a firearm in Dubuque last November was sentenced this week to 135 months in federal prison.

Charles Michael Pledge a/k/a “Tennessee”, age 33, from Dubuque, Iowa, received the prison term after his April 6, 2015, guilty plea to the federal crime of Possession of a Firearm by a Felon.  At the guilty plea hearing, Pledge admitted that he knowingly possessed a Hi-Point by Haskell JHP .45 caliber pistol on November 29, 2015.  Pledge also admitted to four prior felony convictions in Tennessee state court for aggravated burglary.

Pledge was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade to 135 months’ imprisonment.  A special assessment of $100 was imposed.  He must also serve a five-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.  Pledge is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Tim Vavricek and investigated by the Dubuque Police Department.  Court file information available at:  The case file number is 15-CR-01004.

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Updated August 13, 2015