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Case Number: 21-cr-3005
Court: United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa (Woodbury County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office
Description: Sioux City, Iowan criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with felony possession of guns after being convicted of multiple misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence.
Jamie Hansman, age 52, from Glidden, Iowa, received the prison term after an April 13, 2021, guilty plea to possession of a firearm by a domestic violence misdemeanant.
Evidence at Hanman’s detention, change of plea, and sentencing hearings revealed that on April 18, 2020, law enforcement officers were advised of a possible domestic disturbance which led deputies to the residence of Jamie Hansman. The other party involved in the domestic disturbance claimed that Hansman had previously threatened her with a gun. When asked about this, Hansman admitted to possessing a shotgun. Law enforcement was aware that Hansman could not legally possess guns due to his criminal history. Hansman consented to let the officer see the shotgun and led the officer to his bedroom. The shotgun was located out of the case and next to his bed. Officers also saw a semi-automatic .22 caliber rifle in the same location. It was loaded with fourteen .22 caliber long rifle rounds.
Hansman has five domestic violence convictions, one of which occurred after he was disarmed by police in the instant case. Moreover, the current gun offense was discovered during the investigation of a possible domestic disturbance
Hansman was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand. Hansman was sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment. He must also serve a 3-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.
Hansman is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN). PSN is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.
The case was investigated by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Forde Fairchild.
18:922(g)(9) prohibits the possession of a firearm by any personal who had been convicted in any court of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.
and 924(a)(2) UNLAWFUL TRANSPORT OF FIREARMS, ETC., which provides "Whoever knowingly violates subsection (a)(6), (d), (g), (h), (i), (j), or (o) of section 922 shall be fined as provided in this title, imprisoned not more than 10 years, or both."
Outcome: Defendant was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment. 3 years supervised release. $100 special assessment.