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Montgomery County Resident Sentenced to 70 Months in Prison for Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon

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

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA - On November 5, 2014, Bill Joe Gillespie, a 32 year-old resident of Red Oak, Iowa, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge John Jarvey to 70 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for possession of firearm by a convicted felon, announced United States Attorney Nicholas Klinefeldt.

An investigation revealed that Gillespie had broken into a Shell gas station in Red Oak, Iowa, during the early morning hours of December 15, 2013, and had taken, among other items, two shotguns. The shotguns were recovered from Gillespie a short time later. Gillespie pled guilty to the charge on May 8, 2014.

The investigation was conducted by the Red Oak, Iowa, Police Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

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Updated April 13, 2015