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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Cedar Rapids Man Sentenced For Possession Of A Firearm By A Felon

A man who unlawfully possessed a firearm was sentenced today to almost three years in federal prison.

Ramius Hardiman, age 21, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the prison term after a May 23, 2014, guilty plea to one count of possession of a firearm by a felon.

At the plea hearing, Hardiman admitted that on May 8, 2013, he possessed a Taurus 9mm pistol.  Hardiman is prohibited from possessing firearms due to his felony conviction for Involuntary Manslaughter in October 2011.

Hardiman was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade.  Hardiman was sentenced to 34 months’ imprisonment.  A special assessment of $100 was imposed.  He must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

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

This case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a cooperative local, state and federal program aimed at the enhanced prosecution of gun crimes.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel C. Tvedt and was investigated by the Cedar Rapids Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.

Court file information is available at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl.  The case file number is 13-CR-37.

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