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Convicted Felon Who Unlawfully Possessed Five Firearms Sentenced to Six Years in Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Is His Second Conviction for Felon in Possession of a Firearm

A convicted felon who possessed five firearms, including two that were stolen, was sentenced today to six years in federal prison.

Jordan Johnson, age 24, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the prison term after a December 20, 2022 guilty plea to felon in possession of firearms.

Information from the case showed that on September 22, 2020, Johnson was on probation following a conviction for being a felon in possession of a firearm in state court.  Officers of the High Risk Unit from the Sixth Judicial District’s Department of Correctional Service visited Johnson at his apartment.  The officers believed Johnson was hiding something and Johnson eventually left the apartment while the officers were looking around.

After Johnson left, the Cedar Rapids Police Department responded and conducted a search of the apartment.  They found four handguns hidden in a clothes’ hamper in a child’s bedroom.  They also found a rifle in another part of the apartment.  One of the handguns and the rifle had previously been reported stolen.  One of the handguns also had a serial number that someone had attempted to scratch off.

Johnson has multiple prior criminal convictions, including convictions involving violence and firearms.  He had also previously been convicted in state court of carrying weapons and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Johnson was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Johnson was sentenced to 72 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 is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

Johnson is being 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 Anthony Morfitt and investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Cedar Rapids Police Department, and Sixth Judicial District’s Department of Correctional Service’s High Risk Unit. 

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

The case file number is 22-CR-97.

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Updated April 7, 2023

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Project Safe Neighborhoods
Firearms Offenses