Cherokee Man Receives Federal Prison Sentence for Illegal Possession of More Than 30 Firearms

A Cherokee man was sentenced Monday in Sioux City Federal Court to serve four years in prison for illegal possession of firearms.

52-year-old Jason Ballou pleaded guilty back in April to Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person. He was found to be in possession of 23 firearms, three short-barreled rifles, and six silencers.

According to a press release by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Iowa, Ballou was found to be in possession of firearms while law enforcement was executing a state search warrant during the investigation of another crime. He was previously convicted of Possession of Prohibited Firearms, a machine gun…and Unlawful Receipt of Unregistered Firearms.

In addition to the prison term, Ballou must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term. Ballou is being held in the U.S. Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

The case was investigated by the Cherokee Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.