WATERLOO --- A Waterloo sex offender has been sentenced to eight years in prison for possessing a sawed-off shotgun during a high-speed chase in 2018.
After Nicholas Allen Gilstrap, 27, finishes his prison time for possession of an unregistered short-barrel shotgun, he will be on supervised release for three years and have to pay $32,000 in restitution for damage to the vehicle he was driving and the garage he hit in the pursuit.
His prison time will also be consecutive to state charges.
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According to police, Gilstrap --- who is required to register as a sex offender because of a lascivious act conviction when he was 16 --- was driving a GMC Envoy in the area of West Fourth and Washington streets on around 3:40 a.m. on May 4, 2018, when a sheriff’s deputy spotted him and knew he had an outstanding warrant.
The vehicle chase ended when Gilstrap crashed into a garage in the area of Grant and West Fifth streets. He ran off, and authorities found a loaded sawed-off Remington shotgun, trazodone hydrochloride pills and several debit cards belonging to other people.
When police got tip that he was in a Waterloo home on May 10, 2018, Gilstrap ran out the back door and ran into a clothes line, breaking the bridge of his nose, according to prosecutors.