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Iowa City Woman Sentenced to Prison for Possession of Ammunition

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

DAVENPORT, Iowa – An Iowa City woman, Whitney Terrion Claybon, age 32, was sentenced yesterday in federal court to 27 months in prison for Felon in Possession of Ammunition. Claybon was ordered to serve three years of supervised release to follow her prison term, as well as immediately pay $100 to the Crime Victims’ Fund.

Law enforcement identified Claybon during a large-scale straw purchasing investigation. On January 4, 2021, Claybon and John Vest-Walker—who is also charged in this district with various firearm offenses—went into a local sporting goods store and looked at firearms. Claybon then surreptitiously provided money to Vest-Walker and he completed the firearm purchase. Law enforcement executed a search warrant on Claybon’s residence in Coralville, locating five rounds of ammunition in her purse. Claybon admitted knowing Vest-Walker was “flipping” firearms. Law enforcement recovered the firearm in the possession of one of Claybon’s relatives on January 21, 2021. Claybon pleaded guilty to this offense on November 5, 2021.

United States Attorney Richard D. Westphal of the Southern District of Iowa made the announcement. The Iowa City Police Department investigated the case.


Rachel J. Scherle

Updated April 22, 2022

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