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Sioux City Man Pleads Guilty in Federal Court

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Groves, a convicted felon, was in possession of a stolen shotgun.

A Sioux City man who possessed a stolen firearm as a felon pled guilty September 1, 2022, in federal court in Sioux City.  Michael David Groves, age 26, from Sioux City, Iowa was convicted of possession of a firearm by a felon.  In a plea agreement, Groves admitted to being a convicted felon and knowing he was prohibited from owning a firearm.  Groves admitted to possessing a 12-gauge shotgun, which was reported stolen after a burglary in Plymouth County, Iowa.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN).  PSN is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

Sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand will be set after a presentence report is prepared.  Groves remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing.  Groves faces a possible maximum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and 3 years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ron Timmons and was investigated by the United States Marshal Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Nebraska State Patrol, Sioux City Police Department, and Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 22-4046.

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Updated September 2, 2022

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