DBQ Man Who Fired Gun at Graduation Party Gets 11 Years

DBQ Man Who Fired Gun at Graduation Party Gets 11 Years

A Dubuque man who fired several rounds from a handgun at a group of people celebrating someone’s graduation has been sentenced to over eleven years in federal prison.

34-year old Norris Culver, Jr. received the prison term after an August 8th, 2019 guilty plea to one count of being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm. At the guilty plea, Culver admitted he had multiple felony convictions and domestic abuse convictions. He also admitted to possessing a handgun on May 17th, 2019, in Dubuque.

Information at sentencing disclosed that Culver left his house that night. He then fired numerous rounds from a .45 caliber handgun towards a home across the street. Culver did not hit anyone with the shots, but did damage the siding of the duplex with three bullets. Dubuque Police responded and took Culver into custody.

Culver was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United State District Court Judge C.J. Williams. Culver was sentenced to 110 months’ imprisonment for the new charge of being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm. He must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term.

Culver was also sentenced to a consecutive 24 months’ in prison for violating his supervised release conditions from a federal case out of Texas. In 2017, Culver was convicted in federal court of transporting undocumented immigrants into Texas.

The federal system has no parole. Culver is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be sent to a federal prison.