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Council Bluffs Man Sentenced for Firearm Offense

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

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA – A Council Bluffs man was sentenced Tuesday, December 14, 2021, by United States District Court Judge Rebecca Goodgame Ebinger to 120 months in prison for Prohibited Person in Possession of a Firearm. According to court documents, Clarence L. Woolsoncroft, age 58, pleaded guilty to the firearm offense in August of 2021. Woolsoncroft will serve three years of supervised release following his prison term.

In April of 2021, the Council Bluffs Police Department received an anonymous telephone call reporting Woolsoncroft, who was a convicted felon, used drugs and had firearms. The caller also reported Woolsoncroft threatened them. Council Bluffs Police Department began an investigation which led to a search warrant being served on Woolsoncroft’s residence and the subsequent recovery of two handguns and three shotguns with a large amount of assorted ammunition. The investigation also developed Woolsoncroft regularly used methamphetamine, and an incident in which after Woolsoncroft had used methamphetamine, he pointed an unloaded handgun at a person and pulled the trigger, before telling the person the firearm was not loaded.

United States Attorney Richard D. Westphal of the Southern District of Iowa made the announcement. The Council Bluffs Police Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case. This case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Offices for the Southern District of Iowa.


Rachel J. Scherle

Updated December 17, 2021

Firearms Offenses