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Manchester Man Sentenced for Possessing a Firearm as a Felon

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Firearm found during a traffic stop in Hardin County

A man who possessed a firearm as a felon was sentenced today to almost five years in federal prison.

Timothy Tirrell Brown, age 34, from Manchester, Iowa, received the prison term after a November 14, 2022, guilty plea to one count of possession of a firearm by a felon.

At the guilty plea, Brown admitted that, on July 24, 2021, he knowingly possessed a firearm, a Smith & Wesson M&P-15, 5.56 NATO AR pistol with an attached 30-round magazine, as a prohibited person.  A Hardin County deputy sheriff found the loaded firearm behind the front passenger seat of the car Brown was driving following a traffic stop.  Brown was prohibited from possessing a firearm because he was previously convicted in Jackson County, Mississippi, of one count of Felony Sale or Transfer of Cocaine and two counts of Felony Possession of Cocaine in July 2007, and one count of Felony Hindering Prosecution in the First Degree in May 2014.

Brown was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Brown was sentenced to 57 months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Brown 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 Daniel C. Tvedt and was investigated by the Hardin County Sheriff’s Department and the Iowa Department of Public Safety.

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.

Court file information at

The case file number is 22-CR-40.

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Updated April 12, 2023

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