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Cedar Rapids Man Pleads Guilty To Possession Of A Firearm By A Felon

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

A man who unlawfully possessed a firearm pled guilty today in federal court in Cedar Rapids.

Ramius Hardiman, age 21, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was convicted of one count of possession of a firearm by a felon. 

At the plea hearing, Hardiman admitted that on May 8, 2013, he possessed a Taurus 9mm pistol.  Hardiman is prohibited from possessing firearms due to his felony conviction for Involuntary Manslaughter in October 2011.

Sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade will be set after a presentence report is prepared.  Hardiman remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing.  Hardiman faces a possible maximum sentence of ten years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, $100 in special assessments, and three years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

This case is being prosecuted as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a cooperative local, state and federal program aimed at the enhanced prosecution of gun crimes.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel C. Tvedt and was investigated by the Cedar Rapids Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.

Court file information is available at  The case file number is 13-CR-37.

Updated February 19, 2015