A Dubuque man who shot at people at a graduation party was sentenced Tuesday to more than 11 years in federal prison.

Norris W. Culver Jr., 34, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He pleaded guilty in August to being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm.

Culver, who had multiple prior felony and domestic abuse convictions, was prohibited from owning a gun, according to a press release. However, he acknowledged in court that he had a gun on May 17.

Authorities were called to 818 Rhomberg Ave. at 11 p.m. May 17 after gunshots were reported. Officers said they found spent shell casings and bullet-impact marks on the front of the home.


According to the press release, Culver fired shots into the residence, where people were celebrating at a graduation party. No one was injured, but several people — including at least three children — were inside at the time.

Culver was sentenced to nine years and two months in prison for being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm. He also was sentenced to a consecutive term of two years in prison for violating his terms of release in connection to an unrelated federal conviction in Texas.

There is no parole in the federal prison system.

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