A Sioux City man has been sentenced to 20 months in federal prison for possessing a loaded handgun while being a felon and on parole.
47-year-old Ronald Warner received the prison term after pleading guilty back in February to possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.
Evidence at the plea and sentencing hearings in the case and a related case against Troy Cooke showed that Cooke allowed felons, including Warner, regular access to guns and on one occasion gave Warner a gun as collateral on a debt.
Warner, as a felon, could not lawfully possess the gun and Cooke and Warner both knew it.
Probation and Parole Officers conducted a search of Warner’s home and found the weapon hidden, loaded, and cocked.
Cooke was sentenced on November 22nd to one month’s imprisonment.