Cedar Rapids Man Found Guilty in Federal Court of Unlawfully Possessing Ammunition
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Possessed Ammunition in Connection with a February 2021 Shooting in Marion
A Cedar Rapids man who shot a Marion man eight times in February 2021 was convicted by a jury on January 26, 2023, after a four‑day trial in federal court in Cedar Rapids.
Anthony Fisher, age 23, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was convicted of one count of possession of ammunition by a felon. The verdict was returned yesterday evening after about two hours of jury deliberations.
The evidence at trial showed that, on February 16, 2021, Fisher and two other men broke into a home in Marion with the intent of stealing money and possibly marijuana. Immediately after the three men entered the residence, Fisher shot the victim eight times. The three men, including Fisher, fled the scene. Emergency personnel responded quickly and provided aid to the victim, who survived. Law enforcement never recovered the firearm Fisher used to shoot the victim; however, the jury found Fisher unlawfully possessed the eight rounds of ammunition used to shoot the victim. At the time of the shooting, Fisher was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition because he was a felon. Fisher had previously been convicted of interference with official acts – dangerous weapon, a felony offense, in state court in April 2020.
Sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand will be set after a presentence report is prepared. Fisher remains in the custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing. Fisher faces a possible maximum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and not more than three years of supervised release following any imprisonment.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Dillan Edwards and Tony Morfitt and was investigated by the Marion Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.
Court file information at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl.
The case file number is 22-CR-00013-LTS.
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Updated January 27, 2023
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