Des Moines man sentenced to federal prison after pointing a gun at police following a car chase


Des Moines, IA- A Des Moines man was sentenced on November 16th to 13 and a half years in prison for possessing a firearm as a felon.

According to court documents, 36 year old Fawnie Allen Avery was on parole with the state of Iowa when he led Des Moines police officers on a nighttime chase through residential neighborhoods after law enforcement attempted to conduct a traffic stop on his vehicle.

Avery crashed his vehicle, climbed out the window, and attempted to flee on foot.

As an officer attempted to apprehend him, Avery struggled, pulled a firearm from his waistband, and aimed it at another officer.

Police were able to subdue Avery and a third officer arrived on scene.

At sentencing, the District Court found that the officers were victims of Avery’s offense because Avery pulled his gun during the struggle, aimed it at an officer, and chambered a round in the gun.

The court also found that Avery created a substantial risk of injury or death during the vehicle chase prior to his arrest.

United States Attorney Richard D. Westphal of the Southern District of Iowa made the announcement.