Storm Lake Man Pleads Guilty to Weapons Charges as Convicted Felon

A Storm Lake man has pleaded guilty to illegally possessing firearms that he purchased using Facebook. 21-year-old William Kurtz pleaded guilty Monday in Buena Vista County District Court to being a felon in possession of a firearm and acquiring a pistol without a permit. Court documents show Kurtz used Facebook to buy the guns. Police arrested him Feb. 17 after an undercover officer exchanged a gun with Kurtz and took money as a down payment on a second gun. Kurtz was prohibited from owning guns because of a felony conviction. Police found another gun and ammunition in Kurtz's home. Sentencing is set for Aug. 18.

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