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Felon Sent Back to Prison for Four More Years After Possessing Firearm Three Weeks After Being Paroled from State Custody

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

A man who illegally possessed a firearm was sentenced today to four years in federal prison.

Christopher Forbes, age 27, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the prison term after a June 13, 2019, guilty plea to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Evidence during the case showed police located a firearm in Forbes’ vehicle after conducting a traffic stop.  Forbes was on parole at the time, having been convicted of first degree burglary, assault on a peace officer with a dangerous weapon, eluding, and domestic abuse assault.

Forbes was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand.  Forbes was sentenced to 48 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.

Forbes 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

The case file number is 19-CR-0012.

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Updated November 20, 2019

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