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Dubuque Man Sentenced To Ten Years' Imprisonment For 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 was sentenced today to ten years in federal prison.

Tyrone Clifton, age 27, from Dubuque, Iowa, received the prison term after a March 11, 2014, guilty plea to 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.

Clifton was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade.  Clifton was sentenced to 120 months’ imprisonment.  A special assessment of $100 was imposed.  He must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Clifton 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 Daniel C. Tvedt and investigated by the 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