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Mason City man faces 10 years in prison

Holton fired gun near crowd outside Kingz

Michael Holton

A Mason City man who is accused of grabbing a handgun from another person and firing it near a crowd outside Kingz Lounge last summer has pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm, according to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Iowa.

Michael Wayne Holton, 32, entered the guilty plea Thursday in federal court in Sioux City.

He was convicted of possession of a firearm by a felon. Holton was previously convicted of contraband in a correctional facility and domestic abuse assault, both in the Iowa District Court for Cerro Gordo County.

On June 22, 2019, Holton apparently grabbed a Taurus 9mm handgun from another person while outside of Kingz Lounge in Fort Dodge.

He then fired the weapon multiple times near a crowd of people in the area of the 10 block of North Seventh Street. The shots fired were reported at 1:52 a.m.

The bullets Holton allegedly fired struck an occupied vehicle several times, according to police.

The vehicle had been parked in a city-owned lot.

No one was injured, police reported.

Sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand will be set after a presentence report is prepared.

Holton remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing.

Holton faces a possible maximum sentence of 10 years, a $250,000 fine and not more than three years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mikala Steenholdt. It was investigated by the Fort Dodge Police Department, Webster County Sheriff’s Office and Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Criminalistics Laboratory.