Sioux City, Iowa — In the culmination of a federal firearms case against a Sheldon man that lasted nearly five years, the U.S. District Court has sentenced Tony Hulstein Jr. to three years probation with no fine.
Hulstein tells KIWA that, in pronouncing the sentence, U.S. District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett said it was his opinion that Hulstein had already paid a high enough price:
Hulstein said Judge Bennett told him at the hearing that he (Hulstein) had paid a higher price than anyone who had come before him in District Court
Judge Bennett issued the statement during a hearing held Friday morning in District court. Hulstein was facing a maximum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, $500 in special assessments, and up to three years of supervised release following any imprisonment following the conviction on one count of dealing firearms without a license and four counts of traveling in interstate commerce to deal firearms. He was convicted by a jury on March 1st (2012), after a 3-day trial in federal court in Sioux City.
Hulstein was ordered to three years probation with 50 hours of community service each year and a $500 special assessment.
Here is our entire conversation with Mr. Hulstein (portions of the conversation have been edited for brevity):