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Jury Convicts Anamosa Man of Being a Prohibited Person in Possession of Firearms and Ammunition

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

A felon with domestic abuse convictions who possessed firearms and ammunition was convicted by a jury on February 3, 2022, after a one-and-a-half-day trial in federal court in Cedar Rapids. 

Douglas Hurt, age 41, of Anamosa, Iowa, was found guilty of possessing two firearms and ammunition after having been convicted of one felony and three misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence.

The evidence at trial showed that, in June 2020, in the cabin where he lived, Hurt possessed a Chinese Type 56 7.62 x 39 mm caliber rifle, a Remington 870 Express Magnum 12-gauge shotgun, and ammunition.

Sentencing before United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams will be set after a presentence report is prepared.  Hurt was taken into custody by the United States Marshal after the trial and will remain in custody pending sentencing.  Hurt faces a possible maximum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and three years on supervised release following any imprisonment.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mark Tremmel and was investigated by the Jones County Sheriff’s Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. 

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN).  PSN is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime.  Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.  As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

Court file information is available at

The case file number is CR 21-59.

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Updated February 4, 2022

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