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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Iowa

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Fayette Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Unlawful Possession of Multiple Firearms

Two Time Felon Possessed Numerous Stolen Firearms

A convicted felon who possessed stolen firearms was sentenced today to two years in federal prison.

Joshua Glen Sargent, age 34, from Fayette, Iowa, received the prison term after a September 27, 2017, guilty plea to possession of a firearm by a felon.

Information at sentencing showed that Sargent possessed multiple firearms that had been stolen during burglaries in Lacrosse County, Wisconsin.  He sold two of these firearms to a person who did not know the firearms were stolen.  Law enforcement later seized these firearms.  During a search warrant at Sargent’s residence, law enforcement officers recovered two additional stolen firearms.  Sargent had previously been convicted of theft in the second degree and going armed with intent, both felonies.  Sargent has also been previously convicted of violating a protective order and unlawfully possessing a weapon.

Sargent was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge Linda R. Reade.  Sargent was sentenced to 24 months’ imprisonment.  He was ordered to make $1,100 in restitution to the person who bought the firearms from him.  He must also serve a 3-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), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.   Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority.  In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001.

Sargent 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 Emily K. Nydle and investigated by the Fayette Police Department, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, and the Lacrosse County, Wisconsin, Sheriff’s Office. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 17-CR-02061.

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Firearms Offenses
Updated April 20, 2018