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Cedar Rapids Man Pleads Guilty to Illegal Firearm Possession

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

A Cedar Rapids man who illegally possessed a firearm pled guilty yesterday in federal court in Cedar Rapids.

Kendan Fonville, also known as “Fudd,” age 22, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was convicted of one count of Possession of a Firearm by an Unlawful Drug User and one count of Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number.

In a plea agreement, Fonville admitted that he illegally possessed a Bersa Thunder .380 caliber pistol in March 2012.  Fonville admitted that the pistol had an obliterated serial number, that he knew the serial number was obliterated, and that he was an unlawful drug user at the time he possessed the pistol.

Fonville has been in the custody of the United States Marshals Service since his arrest in October 2014.  After a detention hearing on October 22, 2014, Chief United States Magistrate Judge Jon Stuart Scoles ordered that Fonville be detained pending trial.  In so doing, Judge Scoles concluded that Fonville “is virtually a one-man crime spree.”  Judge Scoles explained that “despite being only 22 years old, [Fonville] has approximately 30 convictions,” including “11 convictions for assault, 6 convictions for interference with official acts, 4 convictions for public intoxication, and 3 convictions for trespass.”

Sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade will be set after a presentence report is prepared.  Fonville remains in custody of the United States Marshal.  Fonville faces a possible maximum sentence of 15 years’ imprisonment, a fine of up to $500,000, $200 in special assessments, and up to 6 years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

Cedar Rapids Police Chief Wayne M. Jerman stated following the plea, “The city has been concerned about the level of gun crime that has been occurring.  I truly appreciate the efforts of the prosecutors, investigators, and the patrol officers who remain committed to keeping Cedar Rapids safe.”

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney C.J. Williams and Special Assistant United States Attorney Ravi T. Narayan, and was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Safe Streets Task Force and the Cedar Rapids Police Department.

Court file -  The case file number is 14-CR-117-LRR.

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Updated April 29, 2015