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Dubuque Man Pleads Guilty To Unlawful Possession Of A Firearm By A Felon

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

A man who shot someone in a bar fight pled guilty today in federal court in Cedar Rapids to unlawful possession of a firearm.

Tyrone Clifton, age 27, from Dubuque, Iowa, was convicted of one count of possession of a firearm by a felon.

In a plea agreement, Clifton admitted that on the morning of November 22, 2013, he was involved in an altercation in a Dubuque bar and shot someone.  Clifton fled before the police arrived but was apprehended later that day in a car with a loaded 9mm pistol.  Clifton had previously been convicted in Cook County, Illinois, of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver in 2005, possession of a controlled substance in 2006, delivery of a controlled substance in 2008, escape in 2008, and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon by a felon in 2011, all felony offenses.

Sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade will be set after a presentence report is prepared.  Clifton remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing.  Clifton faces a possible maximum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, $100 in special assessments, and 3 years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel C. Tvedt and was investigated by Dubuque Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. 

Court file information is available at  The case file number is 14-CR-1003.

Updated February 19, 2015