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Man Previously Convicted of Domestic Abuse Sentenced to Federal Prison for Unlawfully Possessing Gun

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Possessed a Rifle While Driving a Stolen Truck

A Linn County man who unlawfully possessed a rifle as a domestic violence misdemeanant was sentenced March 28, 2018, to more than two years in federal prison.

Nathan Lee Lyon, age 33, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the prison term after a November 9, 2017, guilty plea to possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.  At the guilty plea, Lyon admitted that on May 10, 2017, he unlawfully possessed a rifle.  Lyon had previously been convicted of assault causing bodily injury, a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.  Information at sentencing established that Lyon was driving a stolen a truck on May 10 when police officers stopped him.  Lyon had placed the stolen firearm in the back of the truck.  The firearm had been stolen from another person other than the owner of the truck. 

Lyon was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand.  Lyon was sentenced to 30 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), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.   Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority.   In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001.

Lyon is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

The case was prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Drew O. Inman and investigated by the Cedar Rapids Police Department, Linn County Sheriff’s Office, Scott County Sheriff’s Office, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Court file information at

The case file number is 17-CR-75.

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Updated March 29, 2018

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