Pott. County man sentenced to 2-years in jail for Felon in Possession of a Firearm


March 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The U-S Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa said today (Wednesday), 29-year old Merle Leon Ivey, of Council Bluffs, was sentenced Tuesday to 2-years in prison for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. District Court Judge John Jarvey also ordered also ordered Ivey to serve a three year term of supervised release following incarceration. Ivey pled guilty to a charge of being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm on November 3rd, 2011. In doing so, he agreed to forfeit to the United States the firearm he possessed.

On April 18th, 2011, a .32 caliber semi-automatic pistol was recovered from Ivey by Council Bluffs police, as they were investigating a child neglect call in the area of 25th Street and 3rd Avenue. Ivey had been convicted of a felony offense in Nebraska in 2005.

The investigation was conducted by the Council Bluffs Police Department, the Pottawattamie County Attorney’s Office 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.