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Council Bluffs Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Gun Offense

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

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa - On September 24, 2020, United States District Court Senior Judge James E. Gritzner sentenced Kenneth Jay Still, age 71, of Council Bluffs, to 10 years in prison, the statutory maximum, for felon and domestic abuser in possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney Marc Krickbaum. Still was ordered to serve three years of supervised release to follow his prison term and pay a $100 special assessment to the Crime Victims’ Fund. There is no parole in the federal system.

On October 7, 2018, Still shot and killed his 21-year-old step-son at close range with a 12- gauge shotgun. Still immediately fled the scene and disposed of the shotgun. He turned himself in to authorities the next day. Law enforcement was able to recover the shotgun several weeks later. Still pleaded guilty on June 16, 2020, in federal court to the gun charge.

This case was investigated by the Council Bluffs Police Department, Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.


Rachel J. Scherle

Updated September 25, 2020

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