A convicted felon who unlawfully possessed a gun he fired at a group of teenagers and who had another individual buy two guns for him less than a week later was sentenced today to ten years in federal prison.
Dmontrey Rayshawn Redmond, age 24, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the prison term after a July 7, 2021 guilty plea to one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Information from the sentencing hearing showed that, on November 29, 2020, Redmond exited a house into an alley in Cedar Rapids. A group of five teenagers was walking in the alley. They began to run as Redmond exited the house. Redmond pointed a handgun towards the group and fired in their direction. None of the teenagers were hit, but a nearby parked car was struck. Redmond went back into the house while tucking the gun into his pants.
Law enforcement responded to the scene of the shooting. During the investigation of the shooting, officers searched Redmond’s home and found a loaded Glock handgun. Officers also found nine spent shell casings in the alley that matched the rounds found in the Glock handgun. The spent shell casings were compared to the Glock handgun using the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN). The NIBIN comparison showed that the nine rounds were shot from the Glock handgun.
On December 4, 2020, Redmond went to a gun store in Waterloo, Iowa, with another individual named Jamie Marie Graham. Redmond instructed Graham to choose two Glock handguns and a box of .40 caliber ammunition. She did so and began working with a store employee to fill out the paperwork necessary to purchase the guns. Graham lied on the forms, indicating she was the purchaser of the guns. Redmond paid for the guns using a cash card that was in his name. After leaving the store, Redmond took the guns and ammunition.
On December 23, 2020, one of the two Glock handguns that Redmond had obtained on December 4 was located in a house in Cedar Rapids. A friend of Redmond’s was living in the house with another adult and a four-year old child. The Glock handgun was left unsecured in the house. The child got the gun and accidently discharged it. The fired round struck the child in the chin and head causing significant injuries. The child survived the injuries.
Redmond has prior convictions for assault, disorderly conduct – fighting or violent behavior, possession of drugs, theft, providing false identification, robbery, reckless use of a firearm resulting in bodily injury, and trafficking in stolen weapons. During the robbery, Redmond shot the victim of the robbery three times, once in the arm and twice in the legs.
Redmond was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams. Redmond was sentenced to 120 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. He was also ordered to pay approximately $1,000 in restitution to the owner of the car he shot.
On December 17, 2021, Graham was sentenced to five years of federal probation after previously pleading guilty to making a false statement during the purchase of the two Glock handguns on December 4, 2020.
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 was made possible by investigative leads generated from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN). NIBIN is the only national network that allows for the capture and comparison of ballistic evidence to aid in solving and preventing violent crimes involving firearms. NIBIN is a proven investigative and intelligence tool that can link firearms from multiple crime scenes, allowing law enforcement to quickly disrupt shooting cycles. For more information on NIBIN, visit https://www.atf.gov/firearms/national-integrated-ballistic-information-network-nibin.
Redmond is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.
The case was investigated by the Cedar Rapids Safe Streets Task Force, the Waterloo Police Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. The task force is composed of representatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Cedar Rapids Police Department and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dan Chatham.
Court file information at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl.
The case file number is 21-CR-115.
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