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

Monday, April 22, 2019

Florida Man Sentenced to Ten Years in Federal Prison for Unlawfully Possessing a Handgun

Police Found the Loaded Gun as Part of a Traffic Stop

A Florida man who formerly lived in Cresco, Iowa, was sentenced today to the maximum possible sentence of ten years in federal prison for unlawfully possessing a firearm.

Patrick Colvin, age 29, from Lake Whales, Florida, received the prison term after a guilty plea to being a felon in possession of a firearm.  Authorities found a loaded gun hidden under a blanket as part of a traffic stop in Waterloo on June 4, 2018.  The gun’s serial number had been obliterated.  Colvin has a lengthy criminal history, including convictions relating to drug use, drug distribution, theft, and robbery.     

Colvin was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Colvin 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.

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.

Colvin 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 Jacob Schunk and 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 18-CR-002040-CJW.

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Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated April 22, 2019