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Illinois Man Sentenced to Ten Years for Weapons Offense

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

A felon who possessed a firearm and ammunition was sentenced May 14, 2015 to ten years in federal prison.

Blake Maurer, age 24, of Freeport, Illinois, received the sentence after a February 6, 2015 guilty plea to one count of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a felon.  At the guilty plea hearing, Maurer admitted that, on August 24, 2014, in Dubuque, Iowa, he possessed a firearm and ammunition.  Maurer also admitted he was a convicted felon.

Maurer was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade.  Maurer was sentenced to 120 months’ imprisonment.  A special assessment of $100 was imposed, and he must also serve a three-year term of supervised release.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mark Tremmel and was investigated by the Dubuque Police Department.

This case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a cooperative local, state and federal program aimed at the enhanced prosecution of gun crimes.

Court file information is available at  The case file number is CR 14-1021.

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Updated May 19, 2015