DES MOINES, IA – On April 19, 2016, Nathan Leland Minard, 32, of Knoxville, Iowa, was sentenced by Chief United States District Court Judge John A. Jarvey to 120 months in prison for a felon in possession of a firearm charge, announced Acting United States Attorney Kevin E. VanderSchel. Minard was ordered to serve three years of supervised release following his prison term and to pay $100 to the Crime Victim’s Fund.
Minard pleaded guilty to the offense on July 13, 2015. On November 17, 2014, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office was notified that an individual had knocked on the door of a Knoxville resident, asked a few questions, and then departed the residence striking a vehicle in the yard. The resident provided law enforcement with a description of the vehicle. A Marion County Deputy Sheriff responded to the call and located the vehicle driven by Minard. A camouflaged shotgun was stuck out the window of the driver’s side of the vehicle and, at some point during the encounter, Minard racked the shotgun. The deputy was able to persuade Minard to leave the vehicle and the weapon. Minard was arrested after it was determined he was a convicted felon and not eligible to possess a firearm. Two stolen shotguns were discovered in the vehicle Minard was driving.
This matter was investigated by Marion County Sheriff’s 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 as part of the Project Safe Neighborhood initiative.