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Sheffield man who was Sons of Silence enforcer sentenced to ten months on federal weapons possession charge

SHEFFIELD — A Sheffield man who prosecutors say was the enforcer for the Northern Iowa Chapter of the Sons of Silence Motorcycle Club has been sentenced to federal prison on a firearms charge.

38-year-old Justin Carlson was sentenced late last week after a March 19th guilty plea to one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The US Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa’s office says Carlson admitted that on April 5th 2020 that he and other members of the Sons of Silence and another affiliate group confronted a motorcyclist, who was an off-duty police officer, claiming the officer needed permission from the Sons of Silence to wear one of the patches on the back of the motorcyclist’s jacket.

In a subsequent search of Carlson’s home, officers recovered Carlson’s Sons of Silence motorcycle vest, which had brass knuckles in the pocket, numerous items of Sons of Silence paraphernalia, and two firearms.

Carlson was sentenced by US District Court Chief Judge Leonard Strand to a ten month prison term to be followed by a two-year term of supervised release.


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