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Humboldt, Iowa, Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person

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

A convicted felon who was found in possession of a stolen gun was sentenced on April 16, 2024, to 21 months in federal prison.

Joseph Isiah Hardy, Sr., age 38, from Humboldt, Iowa, received the prison term after a November 28, 2023, guilty plea to Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person.

Evidence at the hearing showed that on October 27, 2022, the Humboldt Police Department responded to a call of a possible stolen gun.  During a search of the property Hardy was detained and found with the stolen firearm.  Hardy admitted he had previously been convicted of the felony assault of an at-risk person in Colorado in 2012.  Hardy further admitted he knowingly possessed a stolen firearm.

Hardy was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Leonard T. Strand.  Hardy was sentenced to 21 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.

Hardy is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

The case was investigated by the Humbolt Police Department, Humbolt County Sheriff’s Office, and the Iowa State Patrol and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kraig R. Hamit. 

Court file information at

The case file number is CR23-3010.  Follow us on Twitter @USAO_NDIA.

Updated April 19, 2024

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