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Lake City man pleads guilty to federal charges

SIOUX CITY — A Lake City man pleaded guilty to illegally possessing a gun in federal court Tuesday, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Iowa.

Jeffrey Carothers, 52, was convicted of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. He was previously convicted of receiving stolen property in 1995 in Plumas County, California.

At a plea hearing, Carothers admitted to possessing a 9mm pistol around April or May of 2019, as well as being a meth user over the last one to two years. He had traded meth and marijuana for firearms about six times, the release said.

Carothers faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison plus a $250,000 fine. A sentence will be pronounced by U.S. District Court Judge Leonard T. Strand after a presentencing report is prepared.

The case was investigated by the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, the Lake City Police Department and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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