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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Convicted Felon Who Possessed a Gun After His Release From Federal Prison Sent Back to Prison for Over Three Years

A man who possessed a firearm as a felon was sentenced today to more than three years in federal prison.

Rhamond Bolden, age 27, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the prison term after a July 8, 2020 guilty plea to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Evidence in the case showed that in 2013, Bolden was convicted of being a drug user in possession of a firearm in federal court in Cedar Rapids.  The court initially sentenced him to 16 months in prison, but after multiple violations of his supervised release, Bolden ultimately served 30 months in prison.  He was released in 2017.  During a traffic stop in early 2020, law enforcements officers found him in possession of a loaded handgun.

Bolden was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Bolden was sentenced to 37 months’ imprisonment.  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. The United States Attorney’s Office has prosecuted this case with support from the following Project Guardian partners: Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Cedar Rapids Police Department. For more information about Project Guardian, please see https://www.justice.gov/ag/page/file/1217186/download.

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

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lisa C. Williams and investigated by the Cedar Rapids Safe Streets Task Force.  The task force is composed of representatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Cedar Rapids Police Department.

Court file information at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl

The case file number is 20-CR-0035.

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Project Guardian
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Firearms Offenses
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Updated January 6, 2021