A man who possessed three firearms after having been convicted of a felony, pled guilty Feb. 2, in federal court in Sioux City.
Kou Vue, 28, from Storm Lake, was convicted of possessing a firearm having been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year.
At Vue's change of plea hearing, Vue admitted that he possessed three firearms and ammunition. Vue had handled, claimed ownership of, showed off to friends, and fired these weapons in Storm Lake, Cherokee, and Spencer. Vue further admitted he was a convicted felon. He was convicted of Intermediate Battery Resulting in Substantial Bodily Harm in Wisconsin in 2003.
According to information presented at the change of plea hearing by the United States Vue's possession was discovered when law enforcement officers executed a consent search at Vue's home to recover firearms after his wife reported to Storm Lake Police Officers that Vue had endangered her children and that there were several firearms in the residence.
Sentencing before United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett will be set after a presentence report is prepared. Vue remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing.
Vue faces a possible maximum sentence of 10 years' imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a $100 special assessment, and 3 years of supervised release following any imprisonment.
The case is being prosecuted as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a cooperative local, state, and federal program aimed at the enhanced prosecution of gun crimes.
The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; Homeland Security Investigations; the Buena Vista County Sheriff's Office; and the Storm Lake Police Department; The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Forde Fairchild.