Mason City man convicted in federal court

Courthouse Mason City, IA

KIMT News 3 – A north Iowa man has been convicted of having a firearm in federal court.

57-year-old Billy Thorne, of Mason City, was found guilty Thursday after one hour of jury deliberations.

Authorities say in July of 2012, Thorne traded his dog for a .22 caliber rifle which he planned to use to shoot his son. Prosecutors say Thorne had others hide the gun in a park because he feared police would find it in his home.

Thorne was arrested for a harassment charge and the gun was turned over to police. He faces 15 years to life in prison.




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