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Cedar Rapids Man who Unlawfully Possessed Handgun During Violent Melee Sentenced to Federal Prison

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

A Cedar Rapids man who was involved in a melee at a friend’s house, and later found with guns and knives, was sentenced today to two years in prison.

Andrew Monroe, age 28, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the prison term after a guilty plea to possession of a firearm as a drug user.  On August 29, 2019, police responded to a call to a home in Marion, Iowa.  The police discovered that there had been a violent melee at the house.  The melee ultimately resulted in the hospitalization of multiple individuals with life-threatening stab wounds.  Monroe admitted to being present and police found him with a pistol while under the influence of marijuana.

Monroe was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Monroe was sentenced to 24 months’ imprisonment and fined $100.  He must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

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.

This case is also part of Project Guardian, the Department of Justice’s signature initiative to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws. Initiated by the Attorney General in the fall of 2019, Project Guardian draws upon the Department’s past successful programs to reduce gun violence; enhances coordination of federal, state, local, and tribal authorities in investigating and prosecuting gun crimes; improves information-sharing by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives when a prohibited individual attempts to purchase a firearm and is denied by the National Instant Criminal Background

Check System (NICS), to include taking appropriate actions when a prospective purchaser is denied by the NICS for mental health reasons; and ensures that federal resources are directed at the criminals posing the greatest threat to our communities. For more information about Project Guardian, please see /media/1122011/download?inline.

Monroe is set to surrender to the United States Marshal on October 13, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. and will be 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 Liz Dupuich and investigated by Marion Police Department. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 20-CR-05-CJW.

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Updated September 21, 2020

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