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Cedar Rapids Man Pleads Guilty To Providing A Gun To A Felon

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

A man who provided a gun to a felon pled guilty on August 6, 2013, in federal court in Cedar Rapids.

Demetrius Hardiman, age 18, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was convicted of one count of transferring a firearm to a prohibited person.

At the plea hearing, Hardiman admitted that on May 8, 2013, he knowingly gave a gun to his brother, a convicted felon who was prohibited from possessing firearms. Cedar Rapids Police Officers encountered Hardiman and his brother at 1:15 a.m. and discovered that Hardiman’s brother, a felon, unlawfully possessed a cocked and loaded 9mm handgun. Hardiman told officers that he stole the gun the year before and had his brother carry the gun that night for protection.

Sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade will be set after a presentence report is prepared. Hardiman remains free on bond previously set 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 CR 13-0037.

Updated February 19, 2015