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Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person

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

Council Bluffs, IA- United States Attorney Marc Krickbaum announced that on March 13, 2018, 35-year-old Sean Cullen of Council Bluffs, Iowa was sentenced to 2 years in prison and ordered to serve three years of Supervised Release at the conclusion of his imprisonment, by Senior District Court Judge Robert Pratt for Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

On September 23, 2017, Cullen was admitted into the emergency room at Jennie Edmondson hospital with a gunshot wound to his leg claiming someone had shot him. After an investigation it was determined that Cullen shot himself with a firearm during a domestic dispute. Cullen then threw the loaded handgun into a neighbor’s yard before driving himself to the hospital for treatment. Officers observed a trail of blood on the outside of the residence that led to the fence of the property. The neighbor located the gun and reported it to Council Bluffs Police Department the next day. The firearm was determined to be a six shot, .22 caliber revolver, with one spent round in the cylinder. Cullen was convicted in 2007 of a felony for theft.

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


Rachel J. Scherle

Updated March 15, 2018

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