IOWA FALLS – An Iowa Falls man who was barred from handling guns because of convictions for attempted murder and attempted robbery has been sentenced to prison in connection with a rifle found hidden in his couch in June.
Judge Linda Reade sentenced Edward Ray Whitney, 39, to three years and five months in prison during a Tuesday hearing in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids. He will be on supervised release for three years following his prison time.
Whitney has prior convictions for attempted murder and attempted armed robbery from Louisiana in 1997, and a conviction for accessory to robbery after the fact in Pearl River County, Mississippi, in 2007, according to court records.
In June 2017, Whitney was living on Polk Street in Iowa Falls when police were called to a disturbance at his home. He was arrested for domestic abuse, and officers found a .22-caliber Remington Arm rifle, according to prosecutors.
State domestic abuse and firearms charges were later dropped, and Whitney was indicted on a charge of felon in possession of a firearm in federal court in August. He pleaded guilty in October.