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Iowa man gets more than 17 years on gun charge


November 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man with an extensive criminal record will spend more than 17 years in federal prison for illegally possessing a gun. Acting U.S. Attorney Sean Berry says 38-year-old Scott Slauter was sentenced to 17.5 years in prison on charges of possessing a stolen gun and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Slauter had pleaded guilty to the charges in August. Berry says Slauter had previously been convicted of three violent felonies, and he has a history of dangerous behavior. For instance, Slauter once robbed a store and shot a clerk in the face.

Last January, Slauter was videotaped burglarizing a home in Sioux City, and he brandished a handgun during the burglary. He took jewelry and a pistol from the home.