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Le Mars Man sentenced to more than 3 years in Federal Prison

Fri 3-5-2021 Sioux City, IA

(Sioux City)-A Le Mars man who possessed a loaded gun was sentenced February 26, 2021 to more than three years in federal prison.

Joshua Jacobs, age 39, from Le Mars, received the prison term after a September 18, 2020, guilty plea to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.  Jacobs was previously convicted of felony drug crimes which made it illegal for him to possess a gun.

Evidence at Jacob’s, detention, change of plea, and sentencing hearings revealed that on October 15, 2019, officers of the Sioux City Police Department conducting surveillance on a residence observed a vehicle not registered to Jacobs leaving the residence. Due to a malfunctioning license plate light, officers initiated a traffic stop of the vehicle. The vehicle did not immediately stop and “slow rolled” for a distance before coming to a stop. Immediately upon stopping the vehicle, Jacobs exited the driver’s seat. Due to this unusual behavior, Jacobs was placed in handcuffs. A female passenger in the vehicle, was observed to be bleeding from her hand and to have a white powder on her shirt. Officers also observed what appeared to be a broken methamphetamine pipe on the passenger’s side floor.

Due to those items, officers conducted a probable cause search of the vehicle. On the passenger’s side, officers located a digital scale, broken glass, and a baggie that was found to contain approximately four grams of methamphetamine. In the center console, officers found a black bag, which contained a number of small baggies of a white powder and crystalline substance that appeared to be methamphetamine. Jacobs stated that the substance in the black bag was not methamphetamine but was MSM.  In a spare tire well in the trunk of the vehicle, officers located a loaded .40 caliber Springfield XD handgun, which was later found to have been stolen.  The 12-round magazine contained 11 rounds of .40 caliber ammunition. The defendant initially denied having any knowledge of the firearm; however, in a subsequent interview, Jacobs admitted that he had possessed the firearm, which he knew to be stolen.

Jacobs was sentenced in Sioux City to 41 months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a two-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

 Jacobs is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.