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Cedar Rapids Man Sentenced To Over Seven Years In Prison For Unlawfully Possessing Five Stolen Firearms

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

A man who unlawfully possessed five stolen firearms as a convicted felon was sentenced today to more than seven years in federal prison.

Chase Mead, 31, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the prison term after a March 18, 2014, guilty plea to one count of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition.

In a plea agreement, Mead admitted that, on June 14, 2013, he possessed two rifles and three handguns, all of which had previously been reported stolen.  Mead also admitted to possessing ammunition for each of the firearms.  Mead had previously been convicted of two felony offenses.  In 2003, he was convicted of forgery and, in 2008, he was convicted of manufacturing methamphetamine.  

Mead was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade.  Mead was sentenced to ninety-four months’ imprisonment.  A special assessment of $100 was imposed.  Mead must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

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

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Anthony Morfitt and investigated by the Linn County Sheriff’s Office. 

Court file information is available at  The case file number is 14-CR-00019.

Updated February 19, 2015