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Iowa Falls Felon Sentenced to Federal Prison

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

An Iowa Falls man who possessed a stolen gun as a felon was sentenced January 30, 2024, to more than five years in federal prison. 

Deron Michael Humes, II, age 34, from Iowa Falls, Iowa, received the prison term after a June 7, 2023, guilty plea to one count of possession of a firearm by a felon. 

Information disclosed at sentencing showed that, on October 4, 2022, Humes carried a Shadow Systems, MR920, 9x19mm pistol into a gun store in Iowa Falls.  The Shadow Systems pistol had been stolen from its owner the week before.  While Humes was inside the gun store, he purchased a thirty‑round magazine for the firearm and asked an employee of the store if they had a device that could turn the firearm into a fully automatic weapon.  After Humes exited the store, law enforcement officers responded and confronted Humes.  During the encounter, officers searched the vehicle Humes was located in, and they found the Shadow Systems pistol hidden behind the glovebox compartment.  Humes had two prior felony convictions, and he was prohibited from possessing firearms. 

Humes was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Humes was sentenced to 70 months’ imprisonment, and he must also serve a three‑year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

Humes 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 Dillan Edwards and investigated by the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, the Iowa Falls Police Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. 

Court file information at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl

The case file number is 23‑CR‑00032‑CJW.

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Updated January 31, 2024

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Project Safe Neighborhoods
Firearms Offenses