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Sioux City Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Illegal Possession of a Firearm

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Chavarria possessed guns in furtherance of his drug trafficking, storing one gun under a 3 year-old’s bed.

A man from Sioux City, IA was sentenced August 7, 2019 to more than 4 years in federal prison.

Victor Chavarria, age 21, from Sioux City, IA received the prison term after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.

Evidence presented at his detention, change of plea, and sentencing hearings revealed Chavarria was an unlawful user and distributor of marijuana who knowing possessed firearms and ammunition in furtherance of his drug trafficking.  In fact, when this activity was discovered, one of the handguns had been stored under a mattress upon which a 3-year old child was sleeping.  Evidence also revealed Chavarria has a history of domestic violence.  On one occasion, he and another male handcuffed a victim, causing her pain and physical injury, held her against her will and used an electric trimmer to shave her head.

Chavarria was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand to 50 months’ imprisonment.  Chavarria must also serve a 3-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

The case was 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 18-CR-4090.

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Updated August 8, 2019

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