A Nebraska man has been sentenced to a suspended prison term, probation, and several other sentence stipulations after he was found to be a felon in possession of a firearm in Sioux County.
Sioux County Attorney Coleman McAllister reports that 51-year-old Dennis Dean Naig of Hubbard, Nebraska, was sentenced for the crime of Felon in Possession of Firearm, a Class D Felony.
On September 11, 2011, an Iowa State Trooper stopped a motor vehicle for speeding on Highway 60 . Naig was a passenger in the vehicle. At the time of the traffic stop, the trooper noticed that Naig was holding a bolt from a rifle. A search of the vehicle revealed a .22 caliber rifle that was missing its bolt, located in the trunk of the vehicle . Naig admitted it was his firearm and that he had bought it at an auction that day. A criminal records check by the trooper revealed that Naig was a convicted felon and therefore, under Iowa law, unable to lawfully possess a firearm. Naig was subsequently arrested and charged. Naig pled guilty on February 27, 2012.
Naig was sentenced to five years in prison, with all time suspended. He will serve two years’ probation. Also, he must pay a $750 fine, statutory surcharge, and court costs; abstain from all mood-altering chemicals; obtain and maintain full-time employment; and submit a DNA sample for profiling.
By Scott Van Aartsen