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Cedar Rapids Man Sentenced to Eight Years’ Imprisonment for Unlawfully Possessing Ammunition

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

A man who fired a handgun three times in a residential neighborhood was sentenced today to eight years in federal prison.


James Mitchell, age 37, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the prison term after a guilty plea to possession of ammunition as a felon.


Information presented at the sentencing hearing showed that on October 7, 2016, Mitchell was drinking and using drugs at a party in Cedar Rapids.  The following afternoon, Mitchell’s girlfriend showed up outside of the residence where Mitchell was partying.  Mitchell confronted his girlfriend in the street, before slamming her onto the ground, causing a friend of Mitchell’s to pull him away from the girlfriend.  Mitchell then brandished a handgun and fired it three times into the air.  Several neighbors heard the altercation and called the police.  Mitchell fled the scene and discarded his handgun in an alley. 


Mitchell was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge Linda R. Reade.  He was sentenced to 96 months’ imprisonment and a special assessment of $100 was imposed.  Mitchell must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.  Mitchell 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 Drew O. Inman and investigated by the Cedar Rapids Safe Streets Task Force.  The task force is composed of representatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Marshal Service, and the Cedar Rapids Police Department.


Court file information at

The case file number is 17-CR-19-LRR.


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Updated November 14, 2017

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