4 sentenced for federal firearms conspiracy

Four people, including a Clarion man and a Stratford man, have been sentenced to federal prison for their respective roles in a conspiracy to steal, possess and traffic firearms, according to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Iowa.

Donald Rundall III, 42, of Stratford, and Leah Hanson, 32, of Cedar Rapids, were each convicted of one count of conspiracy to possess a stolen firearm, one count of possession of a stolen firearm and one count of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.

Jami Stupka, 29, of Ames, was convicted of one count of conspiracy to possess a stolen firearm.

Charles Westfall, 32, of Clarion, was convicted of one count of possession of a stolen firearm.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, evidence presented showed that on or about June 17, 2017, Rundall and Hanson identified the victim’s home to Westfall and Stupka as having valuables and firearms.

At that time, Rundall used a crowbar to break into the victim’s Humboldt County home and garage, the U.S. Attorney’s Office reported.

Westfall, Rundall, Stupka and Hanson stole valuables that included a Mossberg 535 12 gauge shotgun.

The weapon and other valuables were concealed at Livermore Mini Storage Units, Hanson’s home and other places.

Westfall and Stupka took a stolen TV and the stolen firearm to be barterered, sold and disposed of to another person for methamphetamine.

Authorities say Westfall and Stupka paid Rundall and Hanson in meth because they expected to receive meth in exchange for the TV and firearm.

The firearm ended up being sold to a felon who could not have lawfully purchased it.

Rundall was sentenced on May 1 to 96 months.

Westfall was sentenced on July 8 to 104 months and 29 days.

Hanson was sentenced on July 8 and received time served.

Stupka was sentenced June 19 and receive time served.

All four must serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison terms. There is no parole in the federal system.

Westfall and Rundall are being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until they can be transported to federal prison.

The case was investigated by the United States Department of Justice’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, Wright County Sheriff’s Office and Eagle Grove Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Mikala M. Steenholdt and Forde Fairchild.


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