Man pleads guilty to federal firearms charges

August 7, 2018


SIOUX CITY -- One of five men charged with stealing guns in central Iowa and bringing them to Woodbury County to sell or trade has pleaded guilty to federal firearms charges.

Daniel Powell, 24, of Otho, Iowa, entered his plea Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Sioux City to conspiracy to possess and sell stolen firearms, possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm and ammunition by a prohibited person. He faces up to 25 years in prison. A sentencing date will be set later.

Powell, also known as “Ruthless,” admitted that he traveled on Feb. 3 with Colton Novak and Tylor Boyd from Woodbury County to Greene County, where they broke into a shop and took a gun safe containing five guns, ammunition, thousands of dollars in cash and other items.

Once back in Woodbury County, the three divided the guns among themselves and Matthew Lynam and Drew Johnson.

Powell and Lynam were pulled over in a Feb. 7 traffic stop in Sioux City, and police recovered two stolen guns.

Boyd, 25, and Novak, 26, both of Sioux City, have pleaded not guilty to stolen firearms charges and are scheduled to change their pleas next month. Johnson, 32, and Lynam, 31, both of Sioux City, are scheduled to stand trial in October and November, respectively.

Powell was sentenced Friday in Woodbury County District Court to 10 years in prison for second-degree burglary. Powell pleaded guilty to breaking into a Correctionville home in October and assaulting a man.

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