A criminal who owned a gun pleaded guilty today in federal court in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Joshua Brown, 49, of Iowa City has been convicted of being a felon in possession of a gun. At the plea hearing, Brown admitted that on July 18, 2020, he knowingly possessed a pistol after being convicted of two felonies carrying over a year of imprisonment. Brown admitted to having previously been convicted of unauthorized possession of an offensive weapon in Johnson County in 1995 and possession of a firearm by a criminal in Cedar County in 1996.
Sentencing in United States District Court Judge CJ Williams will be determined after a pre-sentence report has been prepared. Brown remains free on previously fixed bail pending conviction. Brown faces a maximum sentence of ten years in prison, a fine of $ 250,000 and three years of supervised release after any imprisonment.
This case was brought within the framework of the Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) project. The PSN is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program that has been shown to be effective in reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a wide range of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses its enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with local prevention and reintegration programs for sustainable crime reduction.
This case is being pursued by Assistant United States Attorney Mark Tremmel and is being investigated by the Cedar Rapids Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Linn County Sheriff’s Office.
Information on the Court’s file is available at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl.
The file number is CR 21-14.
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