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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Iowa

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, March 16, 2020

Waterloo Felon with 25 Adult Criminal Convictions Sentenced to Over Eight Years in Prison for Illegally Possessing Guns

Burglarized a Home and Stole Two Handguns Before Getting

A convicted felon who unlawfully possessed guns he stole was sentenced today to over eight years in federal prison.

Jack Good, age 47, from Waterloo, Iowa, received the prison term after a November 25, 2019 guilty plea to one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Information at sentencing showed that in November 2018, Good broke into a home in which he used to reside.  Good stole two handguns and some credit cards from the home.  Three days later, he was arrested at a hotel with one of the guns.  That same day, the other gun, which was loaded, was found by a passerby along the railroad tracks in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Prior to this federal conviction, Good had 25 adult criminal convictions.  In 1995, Good was convicted of assault with intent to commit sexual abuse.  That same year, he was convicted of attempted murder.  Good’s other convictions include multiple convictions for theft, burglary, and failure to register as a sex offender.  In 2019, Good absconded from work release in Black Hawk County.  While escaped from custody, Good burglarized a church, stealing multiple credit cards from the church, which were then used in multiple cities in Iowa.

Good was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Good was sentenced to 100 months in prison.  He must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

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

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.

This case is also part of Project Guardian, the Department of Justice’s signature initiative to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws. Initiated by the Attorney General in the fall of 2019, Project Guardian draws upon the Department’s past successful programs to reduce gun violence; enhances coordination of federal, state, local, and tribal authorities in investigating and prosecuting gun crimes; improves information-sharing by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives when a prohibited individual attempts to purchase a firearm and is denied by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), to include taking appropriate actions when a prospective purchaser is denied by the NICS for mental health reasons; and ensures that federal resources are directed at the criminals posing the greatest threat to our communities. For more information about Project Guardian, please see https://www.justice.gov/ag/page/file/1217186/download.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Anthony Morfitt and investigated by a Federal Task Force composed of the Waterloo Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms assisted by the Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office and Cedar Falls Police Department.

Court file information at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl

The case file number is 19-cr-2063.

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Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Project Guardian
Project Safe Neighborhoods
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Updated March 18, 2020