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Cedar Rapids Man Sentenced For Federal Firearms Offenses

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

Jesse Raymond Akers, 20, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was sentenced today to serve 148 months’ in federal prison for possessing firearms as an unlawful drug user, and for possessing stolen firearms. Akers had pled guilty to both offenses on August 17, 2012.

On June 20, 2010, Curtis Grandon, James Porchia Frazier, Sakariya Muhidin, and Jesse Akers burglarized a residence in Marion, Iowa, and stole several items, including seventeen firearms. Only three of the guns were recovered after the burglary. One gun was recovered after being used in a shooting in Michigan. Two guns were recovered in a residence in Marion, Iowa. One of the guns that has not yet been recovered is a SKS semi-automatic assault rifle. Frazier, Muhidin and Grandon have previously pleaded guilty and been sentenced to prison on federal charges related to the theft of the guns.

Akers was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade. The sentence was ordered to be served consecutive to a
five-year prison sentence Akers is now serving in the State of Iowa for committing several burglaries and aggravated theft in Linn County and Jones County, Iowa. In addition to being sentenced to serve 148 months’ in federal prison, Akers was ordered to pay a special assessment of $200 and to serve a 3-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.

Judge Reade noted that she increased Akers’ sentence due to a variety of factors including Akers’ dangerousness to the community; likelihood to re-offend; his extensive criminal record and his history of substance abuse. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Richard L. Murphy and was investigated by the Marion, Iowa, Police Department.

Court file information is available at The case file number is 11-00164 LRR.

Updated February 19, 2015