You are here

Justice News

Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Iowa

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Cedar Rapids Man Sentenced to 46 Months in Federal Prison for Possessing a Firearm and Ammunition as a Felon

Threw backpack with loaded firearm, false U.S. currency, and pills out of car window during high-speed chase

A man who possessed a firearm and ammunition as a felon was sentenced today to more than three years in federal prison.

Federico Luna, age 23, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the prison term after a February 4, 2022 guilty plea to one count of possessing a firearm and ammunition as a felon.  Luna had previously been convicted of reckless use of a firearm, harassment in the first and third degree, assault, and criminal mischief in the second degree.

Evidence at the sentencing hearing showed that Luna sped through a residential area in Cedar Rapids while leading law enforcement on a high-speed chase.  During the chase, he threw a backpack out of the window of the car.  That backpack contained a loaded firearm, false U.S. currency, and pills.  Luna abandoned the car and attempted to flee on foot before he was taken into custody. 

Luna was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Luna was sentenced to 46 months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a 3-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Luna is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

The case was prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Devra T. Hake, and it was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Cedar Rapids Police Department. 

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.

Court file information at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl.  The case file number is 21-CR-64.

Follow us on Twitter @USAO_NDIA.

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Firearms Offenses
Component(s): 
Updated September 7, 2022