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Sanborn Man Pleads Guilty to Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon and Drug User

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Firearm in defendant’s possession was stolen

A convicted felon and user of methamphetamine who unlawfully possessed a firearm pled guilty on April 17, 2018, in federal court in Sioux City.

Marc Gibbons, 29, from Sanborn, Iowa, was convicted of one count of possession of a firearm by a felon and unlawful user of a controlled substance.

On March 9, 2017, law enforcement officers observed Gibbons, who was on parole, driving a vehicle in which his sole passenger was a man suspected of burglarizing a residence and stealing seven firearms. Officers approached Gibbons and questioned him regarding the suspected burglar.  During the questioning, officers observed Gibbons in possession of drug paraphernalia, and informed him he would be taken into custody.  Prior to leaving the residence, Gibbons, who was wearing only a t-shirt and jeans, declined to take his jacket in spite of the cold weather.  Then, without warning, Gibbons bolted for the jackets, and began fumbling through them.  It was during this time that the officer observed what later turned out to be a.45 caliber handgun.  The handgun was one of the seven stolen firearms. 

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.   Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority.   In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001.

Sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand will be set after a presentence report is prepared.  Gibbons remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing.  Gibbons faces a possible maximum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and 5 years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ajay J. Alexander and was investigated by the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office, Spencer Police Department, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 17-CR-4042-LTS.

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Updated April 20, 2018

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