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Sioux City Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Possession of a Sawed-Off Shotgun

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

A Sioux City man who threatened another man with a sawed-off shotgun was sentenced on March 30, 2016 to more than a year in federal prison.

Billy Williams Navarrete, 22, from Sioux City, Iowa, received the prison term after a November 10, 2015 guilty plea to one count of Possession of a Sawed-Off Shotgun.

Evidence at the plea and sentencing hearing showed Navarrete threatened an unarmed man with a hammer, threw a rock at the unarmed man, and when that unarmed man retreated, followed him to his home where he again confronted him with a loaded sawed-off shotgun.  Later law enforcement found the loaded weapon in Navarrete’s car and additional rounds of ammunition on his person.

Navarrete was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Lenard T. Strand.  Navarrete was sentenced to 21 months’ imprisonment.  A special assessment of $100 was imposed. He must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Navarrete is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

The case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a cooperative local, state, and federal program aimed at the enhanced prosecution of gun crimes.  The case was investigated by the Sioux City Police Department, the Woodbury County Attorney’s Office, and the United States Department of Justice – Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Forde Fairchild

Court file information at 

The case file number is 15-4059.

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Updated May 25, 2016

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