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Cedar Rapids Man Charged with Being a Prohibited Person in Possession of Firearms

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa

Kyler Goettsch, age 26, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has been charged with being a prohibited person in possession of firearms.  The charges are contained in an Indictment filed on February 22, 2024, in United States District Court in Cedar Rapids. 

The Indictment alleges that, in November 2023, Goettsch possessed two pistols after having been convicted of four felonies and a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.

If convicted, Goettsch faces a possible maximum sentence of 15 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and three years on supervised release following any imprisonment.

Goettsch appeared for an initial appearance today in federal court in Cedar Rapids and was held without bond.  Goettsch’s next appearance for trial is set for April 15, 2024.

As with any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN).  PSN is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime.  Through PSN, a broad spectrum 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 enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mark Tremmel and is being investigated by the Cedar Rapids Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Court file information is available at

The case file number is CR 24-16.

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Updated February 27, 2024

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