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Sioux City man sentenced to federal prison on gun, cyberstalking charges

Sioux City man sentenced to federal prison on gun, cyberstalking charges

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SIOUX CITY -- A Sioux City man who held a baby out of the window of a moving car in order to threaten the mother has been sentenced to more than 13 years in federal prison on gun and cyberstalking charges.

Freddy Bernal, 33, was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to 156 months in prison. A jury found him guilty in March of single counts of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a prohibited person and cyberstalking.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, police dispatched to the victim's home on Dec. 5, 2017, found a gun that Bernal, nicknamed "Trigger" for his habit of carrying a gun, had hidden at her home. While at the home, officers learned that in addition to holding her baby out the window of a car, Bernal had sent the woman several threatening text messages, called her frequently to tell her he was watching her and was going to kill her and had other people call her to demand that she call Bernal.

Bernal had previous felony convictions for willful injury, criminal gang participation, theft and domestic abuse assault.

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