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Felon charged with possessing cache of guns

November 1, 2012
By DAVID ALEXANDER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

A call for assistance from the Department of Human Services ended with police charging a local man with unlawful possession of firearms.

Capt. Mike Hanken, with the Marshalltown Police Department, said officers responded to a call on the 600 block of West Lincoln Way Monday afternoon and subsequently arrested Joseph Kinney, 48.

Kinney's prior domestic assault convictions preclude him owning firearms, Hanken said. So, when the responding officer spotted ammunition for a .223 rifle in plain site during the call, he applied for a search warrant of the home Kinney shares with his father.

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That search uncovered a gun cabinet containing between 10 and 20 guns, according to reports.

Hanken said police would not know to whom the guns are registered until a check of the serial numbers comes back. However, regardless of ownership or registration, Kinney's felon status criminalizes his living in proximity to the guns.

During the initial call, police also uncovered a user amount of marijuana, for which police cited Kinney Tuesday when he came into the MPD after police released him earlier that day.

Kinney faces charges of possession of marijuana, enhanced to an aggravated misdemeanor for prior convictions, and possession of firearms while being a convicted felon, a Class D felony.



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