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Lisbon Man Sentenced To Over Five Years In Prison For Unlawfully Possessing Over Thirty Firearms And Three Pipe Bombs

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

A man who unlawfully possessed over thirty firearms and three pipe bombs while using methamphetamine was sentenced on April 16, 2013, to more than five years in federal prison.

Mark Snyder, 53, from Lisbon, Iowa, received the prison term after a January 4, 2013, guilty plea to one count of possessing firearms while unlawfully using methamphetamine.

At the guilty plea, Snyder admitted that, on about May 2, 2011, he possessed thirty-three firearms, over 150 rounds of ammunition, and three pipe bombs. Snyder also admitted that he was an unlawful user of methamphetamine at the time he possessed these items.
Snyder was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade. Snyder was sentenced to 71 months’ imprisonment and fined $10,000. A special assessment of $100 was imposed. He must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.

Snyder 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 Anthony Morfitt and investigated by the Cedar County Sheriff’s Office, the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

Court file information is available at The case file number is CR 12-97.

Updated February 19, 2015