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Earlham Man Sentenced to Prison for Being a Prohibited Person in Possession of Firearms

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

DES MOINES, IA - On April 23, 2015, Cory Lee Daugherty, age 30, of Earlham, Iowa, was sentenced by United States District Judge James E. Gritzner. to 77 months in federal prison for possession of firearms in the Madison county courthouse, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. Daugherty will also be required to serve three years of supervised release following his release from prison. Daugherty’s sentence will run consecutively with his ten years prison sentence in State court for possession of controlled substances, and concurrently with his five year State sentence for escape.

In a written plea agreement filed January 20, 2015, Daugherty admitted that on March 24, 2014, he entered the Madison county courthouse to be sentenced in State court for a drug-related felony, and that after he was sentenced, a Madison county deputy attempted to take him into custody at which time he struggled with the deputy sheriff in the court room. Daugherty pulled a firearm from the deputy sheriff during the struggle and was able to escape from the Madison county courthouse while deputies pursued. A short time later, Daugherty was taken into custody. At the time of his sentencing in State court, Daugherty was a prohibited person who could not possess firearms.

This investigation was conducted by the Madison County Sheriff’s Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and this case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

Updated April 24, 2015