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Cedar Rapids Man Receives Over Six Years in Federal Prison for Being a Prohibited Person in Possession of Ammunition

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

A man who possessed ammunition after having prior convictions for felonies and domestic abuse assaults, and who was subject to no contact orders, was sentenced today to 77 months in federal prison.

Daryl Harden, age 41, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the sentence after a June 28, 2021 guilty plea to one count of being a prohibited person in possession of ammunition.  At the plea hearing, Harden admitted that, on January 11, 2020, he knowingly possessed five rounds of ammunition after having been convicted of six crimes punishable by more than one year of imprisonment, after having been convicted of nine misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence, and while he was subject to two no contact orders.

Harden was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Harden was sentenced to 77 months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system. 

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN).  PSN is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime.  Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.  As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mark Tremmel and was investigated by the Cedar Rapids Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Court file information is available at  The case file number is CR 20-46.

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Updated December 21, 2021

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