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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Iowa

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Man Involved in Shooting Death of His Father Sentenced to Prison

An Iowa man who illegally possessed firearms was sentenced today to more than three years in federal prison.

Dale Edward White, 25, from Nashua, Iowa, received the prison term after a April 27, 2016, guilty plea to possession of a firearm and ammunition as a prohibited person.  White was prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition because of his illegal drug use.

Evidence during the proceedings showed that on January 2, 2016, police responded to White’s residence after receiving a 911 call regarding a shooting.  Prior to the call, White and his father were handling a .22 caliber rifle in the living room of the residence they shared.  The firearm was loaded with .22 caliber ammunition.  During the handling of the firearm, the firearm accidently discharged, striking White’s father who eventually passed away as a result of this injury.

During the investigation, police seized 49 firearms from White’s residence.  These firearms included handguns, shotguns, and rifles.  Police also seized evidence consistent with drug use.  At the time he possessed these firearms, White was a user of methamphetamine and marijuana.    

White was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade.  White was sentenced to 47 months’ imprisonment.  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.

White 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 Lisa C. Williams and investigated by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, the Nashua Police Department, the Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Office, and the Iowa State Patrol. 

Court file information at 

The case file number is 16-cr-2013.

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Firearms Offenses
Updated September 6, 2016