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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Iowa

Friday, May 20, 2016

Cedar Rapids Felon Sentenced to 87 Months’ Imprisonment for Possessing a Firearm and Ammunition

A felon was sentenced yesterday to more than seven years in federal prison for possessing a loaded firearm on the streets of Cedar Rapids last fall.

Gregory Ray Nevels, 38, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the prison term after a January 4, 2016 guilty plea to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.  In a plea agreement and at his sentencing, Nevels admitted he was involved in a disturbance in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on October 24, 2014, that resulted in a 911 call to the police department.  Nevels ultimately discarded a loaded firearm near a shed behind a residence on Mount Vernon Road (in Cedar Rapids).  Law enforcement officers later recovered the firearm and determined the firearm was stolen.

Nevels was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade.  Nevels was sentenced to 87 months’ imprisonment.  A special assessment of $100 was imposed.  He must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Nevels 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 Tim Vavricek and investigated by the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force and the Cedar Rapids Police Department.  Court file information at 

The case file number is 15-CR-0004-LRR.

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