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Sioux City Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Illegally Possessing a Gun

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Johnson, a convicted felon, was also in possession of approximately 120 grams of marijuana

On November 7, 2022, Antwoine Johnson, 29, from Sioux City, Iowa, was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.  Johnson pled guilty June 14, 2022, in federal court in Sioux City.

Evidence at the sentencing hearing showed that on January 23, 2022, the Sioux City Police Department stopped Johnson for a traffic violation.  Law enforcement detected the smell of marijuana emanating from the car.  During a subsequent search of the car, officers found a loaded 9mm firearm in the void between the driver’s seat and console.  Officers also found approximately 120 grams of marijuana in four separate baggies in the center console.  Johnson was previously convicted of felony burglary, third degree in 2016, and was an unlawful user of marijuana, both of which prohibited him from possessing a gun. 

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 was held before United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand.  Johnson was sentenced to 30 months’ imprisonment and must serve a 2 year term of supervised release following imprisonment.  There is no parole in the federal system.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Patrick T. Greenwood and was investigated by Sioux City Police Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 22-4019.  Follow us on Twitter @USAO_NDIA.

Updated November 9, 2022

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