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Spirit Lake Man Pleads Guilty in Federal Court to Felon in Possession of a Firearm

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Hurd was convicted of assault causing serious bodily injury in 2017.

A Spirit Lake Man was sentenced July 30, 2021 to more than 5 years in federal prison.

Dylan Robert Hurd, age 30, from Spirit Lake, Iowa, received the prison term after a February 18, 2021, guilty plea to possession of a firearm by a felon.

At the plea hearing, Hurd admitted to knowing he was restricted from possessing a firearm after being convicted in 2017 of assault causing serious bodily injury in Dickinson County, Iowa.  Hurd knowingly possessed a .380 ACP caliber Smith & Wesson M&P handgun.

Hurd was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand to 63 months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a 3-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

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.

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

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ron Timmons and was investigated by the Spirit Lake Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 20-4076.

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Updated August 4, 2021

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