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Man Who Knowingly Gave Felon A Gun Pleads Guilty Shortly Before Scheduled Trial

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

Troy Cooke, 46, from Sioux City, Iowa, was charged with 1 Count of transferring a firearm and ammunition to a felon, the charges are contained in an indictment filed February 20, 2019 in United States District Court in Sioux City. 

The allegations against Cooke were, in essence, that he gave a gun (an IAC Billerica, Model 1911-A1, handgun) and ammunition to Ronald Warner knowing and having reason to know Ronald Warner had been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding a year.

Trial was scheduled to begin July 1, 2019. Just days before trial, Cooke entered a guilty plea, without a plea agreement, and fully admitted to the crime for which he was charged. Cooke faces a possible maximum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment, a $100 fine, and 5 years of supervised release following any imprisonment.­

The case is being investigated by the Sioux City Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Forde Fairchild.

Court file information at

The case file number is 19-CR-4010.

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Updated June 27, 2019

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