Waterloo Men Plead Guilty To Federal Gun Crimes
Contact: Peter Deegan
Two men who illegally possessed firearms pled guilty this week in federal court in Cedar Rapids.
Irvin Johnson Jr., 19, pled guilty on September 18, 2012, to possession of a firearm while being an unlawful user of marijuana. Dai’Sean Battles, 21, pled guilty on September 21, 2012, to possession of a firearm as a felon. Both Johnson and Battles are from Waterloo, Iowa.
In their plea agreements, Johnson and Battles each admitted possessing concealed and loaded firearms on May 26, 2012 in Waterloo. Their firearms were discovered after the vehicle they were riding in was stopped by a patrol officer. During the traffic stop, Johnson placed his gun, a Browning Buckmark .22 caliber pistol, underneath the seat directly in front of him. Battles threw his gun, a Glock 27 .40 caliber pistol, out of the vehicle’s window. Both firearms were recovered by police. The gun possessed by Battles had an obliterated serial number.
Sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade will be set after presentence reports are prepared. Both Johnson and Battles remain in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing. They each face a possible maximum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, $100 in special assessments, and up to 3 years of supervised release following any imprisonment.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Justin Lightfoot and was investigated by the Cedar Valley Gang Task Force and a specialized unit of the Waterloo Police Department known as the Violent Crime Apprehension Team, or VCAT. The Cedar Valley Gang Task Force is comprised of members from the Waterloo Police Department, Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office, Cedar Falls Police Department, Waverly Police Department, State of Iowa Probation and Parole, and the United States Marshals Service.
Court file information is available at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl. The case file number for both Johnson and Battles is CR 12-2019.