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Worthington man sentenced for illegal gun possession

A Worthington man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for illegally possessing a shotgun.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Iowa says 36-year-old Michael Hangman received the prison term Thursday after pleading guilty previously to possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. Hangman led law enforcement on a pursuit that started in Minnesota and ended in Iowa, traveling at speeds as high as 100 mph. Authorities say Hangman was in possession of a sawed-off shotgun and that they recovered marijuana, a digital scale with meth residue on it, and baggies from the vehicle. Hangman had previously been convicted on drug charges and had prior felony convictions in Minnesota for terroristic threats threats-reckless disregard, and drugs-storing meth paraphernalia in the presence of a child or vulnerable adult. Evidence at a sentencing hearing also revealed that Hangman brutally assaulted an inmate while incarcerated at the Woodbury County, Iowa jail on July 16, 2021 and that he stabbed two inmates at the U.S. Penitentiary in Leavenworth.

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