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Convicted Felon Twice Caught in Possession of Unlawful Items Sentenced to Over Five Years in Prison

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

A convicted felon who was found with a firearm magazine on one day and a firearm for that magazine nine days later was sentenced on August 12, 2021, to more than five years in federal prison.

Mar’yo Doyuan Lindsey, age 26, from Waterloo, Iowa, received the prison term after a March 18, 2021 guilty plea to one count of possession of a firearm as a felon.

In a plea agreement, Lindsey admitted he was in a vehicle on July 3, 2020, when the Iowa State Patrol stopped the vehicle for speeding.  Lindsey was a front seat passenger and had a baggie of marijuana protruding from in his pants pocket.  The trooper searched the vehicle and found a high-capacity magazine loaded with ammunition for a Canik firearm.  Later, on July 12, 2020, the Waterloo Police Department Violent Crime Apprehension team were conducting an unrelated firearms investigation and found Lindsey in a car in possession of a loaded Canik firearm that fit the magazine seized days earlier.

Lindsey was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Lindsey was sentenced to 70 months’ imprisonment, and must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

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

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.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Patrick J. Reinert and investigated by the Waterloo Police Department, the Iowa State Patrol and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 20-CR-2049.

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Updated August 16, 2021

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