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Cedar Rapids Man Charged With Being An Unlawful Drug User In Possession Of Firearms

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

Kendan Fonville, age 24, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has been charged with two counts of being an unlawful drug user in possession of firearms.  The charges are contained in an Indictment filed on October 30, 2014, in United States District Court in Cedar Rapids. 

Count 1 of the Indictment alleges that, on or about March 24, 2012, Fonville possessed a stolen AK-47 rifle while he was an unlawful user of marijuana.  Count 2 of the Indictment alleges that, on or about August 31, 2012, Fonville possessed a .380 caliber handgun while he was an unlawful user of marijuana.

According to a previously filed criminal complaint, Fonville (aka “Fudd”) allegedly has four prior arrests for possession of marijuana and one prior arrest for possession of crack cocaine.  The complaint alleges that, on March 24, 2012, Cedar Rapids Police Officers heard numerous shots being fired as they were approaching the 1400 block of 4th Avenue Southeast.  In their investigation, officers allegedly recovered an AK-47 rifle that had been reported stolen and 22 spent rifle casings.  Witnesses allegedly reported seeing Fonville fire the rifle.

The complaint also alleges that, on August 31, 2012, Cedar Rapids Police Officers attempted to stop a vehicle.  The complaint alleges that, upon initiating the traffic stop, Fonville ran from the driver’s side of the vehicle.  The complaint alleges that, during the foot pursuit, officers observed Fonville reaching for his waist band area.  Fonville was allegedly lost during the chase.  Officers allegedly believed that, during the chase, Fonville was attempting to discard a firearm.  The officers allegedly retraced their steps and located a .380 caliber pistol.

If convicted on all charges, Fonville faces a possible maximum sentence of twenty years’ imprisonment, a $500,000 fine, $200 in special assessments, and six years of supervised release following any imprisonment.­

Fonville’s next appearance for an arraignment has been set for November 4, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. 

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

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney C.J. Williams and was investigated by the FBI Safe Street’s Task Force and the Cedar Rapids Police Department.

Court file information is available at ttps://  The case file number is 14-CR-117 LRR.

Updated February 19, 2015