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Felon Who Possessed Multiple Firearms Sentenced to Over Nine Years in Prison

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

A man who possessed five firearms as a felon was sentenced today to more than nine years in federal prison.

Demond Rollins, age 21, from Waterloo, Iowa, received the prison term after an April 19, 2021 guilty plea to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Evidence in the case showed Rollins was in possession of a firearm as a passenger in a vehicle.  When police initiated a traffic stop, the vehicle fled at a high rate of speed through Waterloo.  Rollins tossed a firearm out of the car window and then ran from police when the vehicle stopped.  Rollins has two prior state court convictions for being a felon in possession of firearms. 

Rollins was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Rollins was sentenced to 110 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.

Rollins 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 Attorneys Lisa C. Williams and Jacob Schunk and was investigated by a Federal Task Force composed of the Waterloo Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms assisted by the Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office and Cedar Falls Police Department. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 21-CR-2009.

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Updated October 4, 2021

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