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Former Employee Sentenced to a Year in Prison for Stealing a Handgun from his Employer

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

A former employee of a federally licensed firearms dealer who stole a handgun from his employer while at work was sentenced today to a year in federal prison.

Raykwon Stevenson, age 25, from Marion, Iowa, received the prison term after a March 1, 2021, guilty plea to one count of theft of a firearm from a federally licensed firearms dealer.

Information from the guilty plea and sentencing hearing showed that Stevenson was employed by a federally licensed firearms dealer in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  While working at the dealer, Stevenson stole a .22 caliber handgun from the dealer’s inventory.  After discovering the theft, the dealer notified law enforcement, who confronted Stevenson and recovered the stolen handgun.

Stevenson was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Stevenson was sentenced to 12 months and a day in prison.  He must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Stevenson was released on the bond previously set and is to surrender to the United States Marshal on August 26, 2021.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Anthony Morfitt and investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Cedar Rapids Police Department.

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. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 12-CR-98.

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Updated August 9, 2021

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