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Illinois Man Who Pulled Gun on His Son’s Mother While Their Son Was in the Room Sentenced to Federal Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Has a Criminal History of Domestic Assault, Burglary, and Harassment

A convicted felon from Illinois who unlawfully possessed a gun was sentenced November 21, 2019, to nearly four years in prison.

Korey Russell, age 40, from Hoopeston, Illinois, received the prison sentence after a June 10, 2019 guilty plea to possession of a firearm by a felon.

Information disclosed at sentencing and at a plea hearing showed that on March 12, 2018, Russell went to the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, home of his young child’s mother.  Russell went into the home uninvited and confronted the woman and another man.  During the confrontation, Russell produced a loaded gun and “cocked it.”  Russell’s young son was in the room at the time.  Russell then chased the man from the residence.  Outside of the residence, Russell kicked the woman’s vehicle causing thousands of dollars in damages.  Russell then fled the area and was eventually arrested by police.  Russell’s criminal history includes residential armed burglary, obstruction of justice, harassment, and domestic assault.     

Russell was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Gerber was sentenced to 46 months’ imprisonment.  He was ordered to make payment of $100 to the special assessment fund.  He must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ashley Corkery.  This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) through a cooperative effort of the Cedar Rapids Police Department and the FBI Safe Streets Task Force. 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 19-CR-00010.                           

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Updated November 22, 2019

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