CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – A Charles City Man will spend almost 6 years in federal prison for trafficking in stolen weapons.
22-year-old Franklin Foster pled guilty in June to a federal charge of being a felon in possession of firearms. Chief Judge Linda Reade has now sentenced Foster to 71 months behind bars, followed by 3 years of supervised release. That will be served consecutive to whatever he receives on a state charge in Illinois for possessing drug paraphernalia.
On April 12, Floyd County deputies tried to stop Foster and a high speed chase through 3 counties ensued. During the pursuit, Foster drove through stop signs and ditches, went the wrong way on streets and reached speeds of over 95 miles an hour. He also made phone calls to authorities during the chase where he threatened to shoot officers.
After his vehicle’s tires were deflated by stop sticks, Foster engaged in a standoff with authorities near Waverly in Bremer County before being arrested. Authorities found two rifles and two shotguns in Foster’s possession. Multiple state charges in the case were dismissed in favor of federal prosecution.