FD man gets prison in firearm conviction

SIOUX CITY — A man who illegally possessed a firearm was sentenced to nearly two years in federal prison on May 19.

Leo Lewis Yeager, 30, from Fort Dodge, received the prison term after a Feb. 27 guilty plea to possession of a firearm by a felon. Yeager was previously convicted of Arson, a second degree felony, in July 2006.

At the guilty plea, Yeager admitted that on Aug. 25, 2016, law enforcement officers of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call regarding a domestic assault in Thor. The 911 caller reported that a woman had come to her house seeking help after reportedly being choked and otherwise assaulted by her boyfriend, Yeager. In further investigating the domestic abuse assault, Deputies discovered Yeager had an assault rifle at the house in Thor where he was living.

Yeager admitted to possessing the rifle, namely a Ruger model 10/22 carbine .22 LR caliber rifle.

Yeager was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett. Yeager was sentenced to 21 months’ imprisonment. A special assessment of $100 was imposed.

He must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system. Yeager is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

The case was investigated by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.