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Waterloo Gang Member To Serve Almost 5 Years In Federal Prison For Gun Possession

May 31, 2012

Contact: Peter Deegan

A Waterloo man affiliated with a local gang was sentenced on May 30, 2012, to just less than 5 years in federal prison.

Larry Phillips, 19, from Waterloo, Iowa, received the prison term after a December 27, 2011 guilty plea to possession of a firearm as an unlawful drug user.

In a plea agreement, Phillips admitted he was carrying a loaded pistol on March 3, 2011. The firearm was discovered when law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at a residence in Waterloo. When officers entered the residence, Phillips ran into the bathroom and threw the pistol onto the floor where it was recovered by law enforcement. The pistol had previously been reported stolen. Phillips admitted to being a user of marijuana. Phillips is an affiliate of a local Waterloo street gang.

Phillips was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade. Phillips was sentenced to 57 months’ imprisonment. A special assessment of $100 was imposed and he must also serve a 3-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.

Phillips is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Justin Lightfoot and investigated by the Waterloo Police Department Violent Crime Apprehension Team (VCAT), the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, and the Tri-County Drug Task Force, which is composed of the Waterloo Police Department, Cedar Falls Police Department, Waverly Police Department, Bremer County Sheriff’s Office, Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office, LaPorte City Police Department, Evansdale Police Department, Hudson Police Department, and Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Court file information is available at The case file number is CR 11-2040.



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