Sgt. Bluff man sentenced to federal prison for possessing multiple firearms illegally

Rafael Gomez, 20, has been sentenced to more than 4 years at a federal prison.
Rafael Gomez, 20, has been sentenced to more than 4 years at a federal prison.(Gray tv)
Published: Jan. 14, 2022 at 11:53 AM CST
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SGT. BLUFF, Iowa (KTIV) - Rafael Wellesley Gomez, 20, also known as “danger” from Sergeant Bluff, Iowa was sentenced Jan. 13, 2022, to more than four years in federal prison after a Sept. 23, 2021, guilty plea to possession of firearms by a drug user.

Evidence in the case revealed Gomez illegally possessed six guns while being an unlawful user of marijuana. The guns were found during a search warrant of Gomez’s residence in Sergeant Bluff during a murder investigation.

Gomez continuously failed to comply with officers’ orders to put his hands in the air and was seen concealing a .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol under the cushion of a nearby couch.

Law enforcement later determined that the pistol was loaded with a magazine that contained five rounds of ammunition and had been reported stolen from Sioux City in 2020. Another of the weapons, a rifle, was used in the 2021 New Year’s Day homicide in Sioux City.

Gomez was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand. Gomez was sentenced to 57 months of federal imprisonment. He must also serve a 2-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.

Gomez is being held in the United States marshal’s custody until he can be transported to federal prison.

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