ONAWA, Iowa -- A Blencoe, Iowa, man was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison for threatening to shoot family members and pointing a rifle at a police officer.
John Gibson Jr., 39, was found guilty in January in Monona County District Court of single counts of felon in possession of a firearm, assault on a peace officer and two counts each of child endangerment and assault while participating in a felony.
District Judge Jeffrey Poulson, who heard the case after Gibson waived his right to a jury trial, sentenced Gibson to five years on the felon in possession of a firearm charge and ran the sentences for the remaining charges concurrent for a total of five years. Poulson then ordered those two prison terms to be served consecutively for the 10-year sentence.
Poulson found that facts presented at trial showed that after an argument in their Blencoe home on June 20, 2016, Gibson retrieved a .22-caliber rifle, loaded it and threatened to kill members of his family.
He then aimed the weapon at Blencoe Police Chief Russell Collison, who had responded to a 911 call at the home. After Collison and a Monona County Sheriff's deputy talked Gibson into putting the gun down, they took him into custody.