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Arnolds Park Man Headed To Federal Prison

Arnolds Park, Iowa — An Arnolds Park man has been sentenced to five years in federal prison after pleading guilty to a charge of receipt and possession of an unregistered firearm/destructive device.

According to federal prosecutors, 37-year-old Darrell H. Sorey entered a guilty plea to the charge in September of last year.

Prosecutors say evidence in the case revealed that on January 12, 2020, Sorey’s father died in a rollover vehicle accident in Marion County. At the scene of the accident an AR-15 rifle, an SKS style rifle, drum-magazines, ammunition, a pipe bomb and two CO2 “cricket” bombs – all three with fuses attached – were found. These discoveries, inside the car and in the debris field, led to January 15, 2020 searches of three residences in Dickinson County.

During one of the searches, investigators located Sorey, narcotics, drug paraphernalia, more CO2 cartridge bombs, including a CO2 cartridge bomb attached to an arrow, gunpowder, and a cellular telephone. During another of the two searches two .22 caliber rifles, one shotgun, and multiple rounds of ammunition for those firearms were discovered.

Prosecutors say Sorey’s criminal history includes convictions for interference with official acts, simple assault, disorderly conduct, multiple OWIs and controlled substance offenses.

In addition to his 5-year prison term, Sorey must also serve a 3-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system. He is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

The case was investigated by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, the Iowa State Patrol, the State Fire Marshal’s Division, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, and the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, along with the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office, the
Milford Police Department, the Iowa Great Lakes Drug Task Force, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

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