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Felon With Firearm and Extended Magazine Sentenced to Federal Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Palmer was a felon, having been convicted of felony strangulation in 2010.

An Onawa, Iowa man, was sentenced March 14, to more than 4 years in federal prison.

Antonio Palmer, age 44, from Onawa, Iowa, received the prison term after a September 20, 2022, guilty plea to one count of felon in possession of a firearm.

Evidence in the case showed Palmer was stopped by Sioux City Police for traffic infractions. When the officer approached Palmer’s vehicle, there was a strong odor of marijuana, and the officer observed a handgun in the driver’s side door.  When the officer requested assistance, Palmer opened his door and told the officer to take the firearm. Palmer also had 19-round magazine for the firearm.  During the encounter, Palmer admitted to smoking marijuana in the vehicle and that he had just purchased the firearm via a private sale.

Palmer was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand to 57 months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a 3-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

The case was investigated by the Sioux City Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Forde Fairchild. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 22-04037.

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Updated March 21, 2023

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