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Sioux City, Iowa Man Found Guilty of Being a Prohibited Person in Possession of a Firearm

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

A man with a history of felony convictions was convicted by a jury on May 24, 2023, after a two-day trial in federal court in Sioux City.

Jerell Wilson, age 30, of Sioux City, Iowa, was convicted of one count of felon in possession of a firearm.  The verdict was returned Wednesday afternoon following about two hours of jury deliberations.

The evidence at trial revealed that while Sioux City Police were investigating an unrelated crime, it was learned through witness and video surveillance that Wilson had been at the crime scene prior to, and after, the crime with a Coach backpack containing multiple firearms.  Armed with this information, on June 23, 2022, law enforcement executed a search warrant on Wilson’s home, where a loaded gun – with a round in the chamber -- was found in his bed, along with the Coach bag and ammunition for multiple guns that were not found in the search.  Wilson refused to attend his own trial.  

Wilson has previously been convicted of possession of a defaced firearm, 1st degree theft and eluding resulting in death and homicide by vehicle.

Sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand will be set after a presentence report is prepared.  Wilson remains in custody of the United States Marshal.  Wilson faces a possible maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and 5 years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

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

Court file information at

The case file number is 22-CR-04061.

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Updated May 25, 2023

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