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Franklin County Man Sentenced for Felony Firearm Possession

A Franklin County man will spend almost a year in federal lockup for illegally possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.

Law enforcement initially encountered 38-year-old Justin Carlson of Sheffield when he and fellow members of a group called “Sons of Silence” confronted an individual motorcyclist on April 5th, 2020. Carlson told the motorcyclist he needed permission to wear one of the patches displayed on the motorcyclist’s jacket.

The motorcyclist was an off-duty police officer and the encounter led to a search of Carlson’s Home. That’s where law enforcement found Carlson’s Sons of Silence vest and other paraphernalia, plus brass knuckles, and two firearms.

Carlson has been sentenced to 10 months behind bars after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. He will then spend two-years on supervised release.

The case was investigated by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Waverly Police Department, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the FBI, the Tri-County Drug Enforcement Task Force, Clarion Police Department, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Algona Police Department, and the Wright County Sheriff’s Department.

 

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Mark Pitz

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