Emmetsburg Woman Pleads Guilty To Federal Firearms Charge

Sioux City, Iowa — An Emmetsburg woman has pleaded guilty to a federal firearms charge.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 35-year-old Andrea Lee entered the plea earlier this week to a charge of being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm. Lee had previously been convicted of felony possession of a controlled substance – 3rd or subsequent offense, on April 30th, 2021, making her ineligible to own a gun.

Evidence at a plea hearing showed that on January 24th of this year a probation officer located drug paraphernalia at Lee’s home in Emmetsburg during a check. She was given a urinalysis test that came back positive for recent methamphetamine use. The same day, a search warrant was executed on Lee’s residence, which turned up a 9-millimeter handgun that was concealed in a floor vent, ammunition in two magazines, and a bag of needles.

Lee remains in the custody of a U.S. Marshal pending sentencing. She faces a possible maximum sentence of up to 15 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and not more than three years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

(Courtesy fellow Community First Broadcasting station KUOO in Spirit Lake)


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