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Newton Man Sentenced to 84 Months in Federal Prison for Felon in Possession of a Firearm

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

DES MOINES, IA—On March 19, 2019, Bryan Curtis Odem, age 35, of Newton, Iowa, appeared before Chief United States District Court Judge James A. Jarvey, and was sentenced to 84 months in prison for the charge of felon in possession of a firearm, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(1). Odem was also ordered to serve 3 years of supervised release following his term of imprisonment.

Odem pled guilty to the charge in November of 2018.

On July 14, 2018, Odem possessed a Smith & Wesson 9 mm pistol and ammunition which he had obtained during an altercation. Odem struck an individual and left the scene with a firearm belonging to the victim. Twenty-four hours prior to the altercation, Odem had been released from the custody of the United States Bureau of Prisons where he had been serving time on his prior federal firearms conviction.

This matter was investigated by the Newton, Iowa, Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and the case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Iowa.


Rachel J. Scherle

Updated March 20, 2019

Firearms Offenses