Council Bluffs man receives 34 month sentence for possessing a firearm as a felon


December 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The U-S Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa said Friday, a Pottawattamie County man was sentenced last week in U-S District Court, to a little more than 9 1/2 months in prison, for possessing a firearm as a felon. United States District Court Judge John A. Jarvey handed down the 34-month sentence against 21-year old Justin Christopher Sneed, of Council Bluffs, on December 11th. Sneed faces 3-years of supervised release, once his term in prison is served.

The sentence was imposed to run consecutively to an undischarged term of imprisonment Sneed is currently serving in the State of Nebraska upon his April of 2012 conviction in Douglas County, Nebraska, for theft by receiving stolen property. Sneed remained in the custody of the United States Marshal pending his return to corrections authorities in the State of Nebraska or the designation of the Federal Bureau of Prisons facility at which he will serve his federal sentence.

Sneed was sentenced upon his August 6, 2012, plea of guilty to the charge of felon in possession of a firearm. The charge arose from a February 8, 2012, incident in Council Bluffs in which an officer of the Council Bluffs Police Department encountered Sneed and found him to be subject to an arrest warrant out of Nebraska. As the officer attempted to take Sneed into custody, Sneed ran from officer and, upon being caught by the officer, physically resisted arrest. Upon his arrest, Sneed was found to be in possession of a .25 caliber pistol.

In 2004, Sneed was convicted in the District Court of the State of Nebraska for Sarpy County of a felony theft.