Le Mars Woman To Do Over 7 Years In Federal Prison

Sioux City, Iowa — A woman who conspired to steal firearms and other valuables from a family member’s home was sentenced on Tuesday to more than seven years in federal prison.

The US Attorney’s Office says 24-year-old Tresa Fiedler of LeMars received the prison term after a September guilty plea to one count of conspiracy to possess stolen firearms and one count of possession of stolen firearms.

The US Attorney’s Office says evidence in the case revealed that on October 1, 2021, Fiedler participated in a home burglary where she and coconspirator, Ian Bigler stole 10 guns. The burglary was planned in advance, and Fielder used diversions to ensure the home was empty when the burglary was committed.  Afterward, Fielder and Bigler took several steps to conceal the conspiracy.  On October 5, 2021, Fiedler, in an attempt to leave town, purchased a 2008 Dodge Charger for $5,500 in cash.  On October 11, 2021, Bigler fled from police in a 2008 white Dodge Ram pickup truck that contained evidence of the burglary (including a pistol that had been stolen during the burglary).  On October 15, 2021, Bigler equipped himself with a bulletproof vest and two firearms (including a pistol, which had been stolen during the burglary) and a shortened shotgun, and hid himself from law enforcement at a home in North Sioux City, and held another person against their will. 

Fielder was sentenced to 87 months’ imprisonment adjusted for time served (Seven and a quarter years).  She must also serve a 1-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Coconspirator Ian Bigler was sentenced last July to 180 months’ imprisonment (15 years). He must also serve a 3-year term of supervised release after the prison term.


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