By PETER KASPARI
SIOUX CITY - A man who was arrested in connection with a shooting earlier this year has pleaded guilty to his involvement in the crime.
Nickolas Beck, 19, of Eldora, pleaded guilty to illegal possession of a firearm in federal court in Sioux City on Thursday.
According to a press release from the United States attorney's office, Beck admitted he had a .22 caliber revolver with him on April 3, 2012. Beck, who was convicted of willful injury causing bodily injury in 2010, is not legally allowed to have weapons with him.
On that day, around 11:13 p.m., Fort Dodge Police Chief Tim Carmody said officers responded to a call about a shooting. When officers and paramedics arrived, they found Gregory White, 22, of Fort Dodge, in the parking lot. White was injured in both his head and torso.
He was taken to a Des Moines hospital after being treated at Trinity Regional Medical Center and later released.
Officers immediately began investigating the shooting, which Carmody referred to as an "attempted murder." Beck was arrested shortly after the shooting and charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Beck now faces up to 10 years in prison. He also may have a $250,000 fine and faces three years of supervised release following the end of his sentence.
According to the U.S. attorney's office, this case is being prosecuted as a part of Project Safe Neighborhoods. In the press release, the project is described as "a cooperative local, state and federal program aimed at the enhanced prosecution of gun crimes."
No sentencing date has been set.