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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Two sentenced to federal prison for trading stolen guns for meth

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) - United States Attorney Matt M. Dummermuth announced today two Sioux City, Iowa, men have been sentenced to federal prison for stealing firearms and trading them for methamphetamine.

Kevin Mcmanaman, age 43 and Justin Watterson, age 28, both of Sioux City, each received their prison term after pleading guilty to one count of possessing with intent to distribute methamphetamine and one count of knowingly using a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime. Mcmanaman also pled guilty to one count of knowingly and intentionally distributing methamphetamine.

Information provided by the United States at the sentencings and change of plea hearings revealed that, on May of 2004, Mcmanaman and Watterson drove to Watterson's grandfather's residence in Nebraska where Mcmanaman and Watterson stole four guns. They later traded these guns for methamphetamine.

Watterson was sentenced November 12, 2008, and Mcmanaman was sentenced November 20, 2008, by United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett.  Watterson was sentenced to 72 months' imprisonment, and Mcmanaman was sentenced to 75 months' imprisonment. Watterson and Mcmanaman must each serve a five-year term of supervised release after their prison term. There is no parole in the federal system. Watterson was ordered to pay a $200 special assessment, and Mcmanaman was ordered to pay a $300 special assessment.

Both men remain in the custody of the United States Marshal until they can be transported to a federal prison.

This case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a cooperative local, state, and federal program aimed at the enhanced prosecution of gun crimes. This case was investigated by the Sioux City Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Forde Fairchild.

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