Wildman pleads guilty to federal charges
Thursday, September 26, 2013 11:23 AM
A man who fired a shotgun out of a car window in Calmar last fall pled guilty in federal court in Cedar Rapids Wednesday to unlawfully possessing the shotgun and a rifle.
Daniel Wildman, 24, of Cresco, was convicted of one count of being a felon and an unlawful user of marijuana in possession of firearms.
In a plea agreement, Wildman admitted he drove from Ossian to Calmar in the early morning Oct. 12 in order to find two individuals who had confronted Wildman earlier that morning about money one of them believed Wildman owed him.
Wildman found the two individuals, who were with a third person, and the defendant parked his car so that the driver's side window was facing the three people. Wildman then stuck a shotgun out the driver's window and fired it three or four times, hitting a nearby house with bird shot.
No people were hit or injured. Wildman drove away from the scene of the shooting and returned to a farm in Ossian. Police eventually caught Wildman in a nearby cornfield. Police also searched an outbuilding where
Wildman was staying in his recreational vehicle, finding both the shotgun Wildman fired and a 9mm rifle.
In the plea agreement, Wildman admitted he was a convicted felon and an unlawful user of marijuana and he unlawfully possessed both guns.
Sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade will be set after a presentence report is prepared. Wildman remains detained pending sentencing. He faces a possible maximum sentence of 10 years' imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a $100 special assessment and three years of supervised release following any imprisonment.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Anthony Morfitt and was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Winneshiek County Sheriff's Office, the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, and the Calmar Police Department.